Augusta County woman accused of embezzlement, financial exploitation

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — An Augusta County woman is facing six charges connected to embezzlement and financial exploitation that allegedly netted her tens of thousands of dollars.

According to court records, Kelly Blackwell is charged with six counts of embezzlement, three counts of exploitation of a mentally incapacitated person, three counts of obtaining money by false pretenses, two counts of issuing bad checks, and two counts of credit card theft.

She was indicted by an Augusta County grand jury on May 28.

The Augusta County Sheriff's Office says she was arrested on all charges – they're each felonies – on May 31.

According to deputies, Blackwell was the treasurer for the Buffalo Gap Quarterback Club from January 2017 to December 2018. During that time, she allegedly pocketed $20,000 or more of unaccounted concession stand sales.

But that's only one aspect of the crimes she's alleged to have committed.

Deputies say she had been legally granted power of attorney for someone with a mental incapacitation (they did not specify). While in that role, she allegedly convinced the person she was representing to obtain a loan for over $70,000 against a home the person owned, took credit cards from the person, and used those cards to make fraudulent personal purchases.

Combined with alleged purchases made with the victim's checking account, she's accused of racking up a loss of over $90,000 for the person she was designated to represent.

Blackwell will next face court on June 10.