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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Former bank teller indicted on embezzlement charge in Virginia

A grand jury has indicted Vickie Lynn Greer Parker on a charge of embezzling more than $200 from Grundy National Bank.

She is the wife of longtime Washington County Treasurer Fred W. Parker and worked at the bank’s Abingdon branch until May 2012, court documents state.

"I’m hurt and I’m embarrassed,” Fred Parker, the county’s tax collector for the last 25 years, said of the charge in a telephone interview Monday.

He said his wife was a teller at the branch for about three or four years.

Vickie Parker did not return a request for comment.

Documents filed in Washington County Circuit Court offer scant details about the single embezzlement charge, which carries as much as 20 years in prison.

The indictment states only that she took money around May 2, 2012. That’s about the time she left the job, according to the bail determination checklist filled out by a magistrate.

A grand jury indicted Vickie Parker on Jan. 22 and she was charged two days later, court documents show.

In the bail checklist, Magistrate Mary Johanna Hanzlik wrote that Vickie Parker has no financial resources from her former bank job and is not currently employed, but that her treasurer husband makes $90,000 annually.

She was released on a $3,500 unsecured bond, court records show.

An official at Grundy National Bank had little to say about the investigation.

“That’s an ongoing thing and we’re not allowed to talk about it at this time,” said a man who answered the phone at the Abingdon branch. He did not give his name.

Fred Parker said he hopes the truth will come out in court.

“All we can do is let the process work itself out,” he said.

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