A New Kent County woman will serve six years in prison for embezzling more than $215,000 from a Henrico medical practice. Mary Beth Redford is not unaccustomed to facing punishment for stealing money — this is her fourth embezzlement conviction since 1988 — but the sentence levied against her Wednesday in Henrico Circuit Court was the most severe she has received.
“When investigators looked at the books (of the medical practice) it was obvious what had happened,” said Assistant Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Owen Conway.Redford, 44, the mother of two children, left the courtroom in handcuffs. Her previous convictions in Fairfax, Henrico and New Kent counties resulted in active jail time of 10 months.
Conway said that executives at Advanced Orthopaedics on Shrader Road did not check Redford’s background when they hired her in 2004.