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MacCallum More staffer jailed, faces extradition

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SoVaNow.com / January 23, 2013
Amber Bradford, the former MacCallum More Museum and Gardens (MMMG) office manager suspected of embezzling more than $7,000, was arrested in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on January 16. She is being held without bond as a fugitive from justice.

According to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department website, Bradford is being held at the Anderson County Detention Center while she awaits extradition to Mecklenburg County. Oak Ridge is a city in Anderson and Roane counties in the eastern part of Tennessee, about 25 miles west of Knoxville.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Chase City Police Chief Jay Jordan said he did not know when extradition would take place. “We are waiting on the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Nora Miller, to initiate the paperwork. We expect something to happen in the next week or two, once she is indicted here in Mecklenburg County.”

Jordan was unable to confirm whether Bradford’s indictment was handed down yesterday because Miller was still in court at the time.

Bradford is facing several felony charges, including forgery, uttering and embezzlement, in connection with the disappearance of funds at MaCallum More. Jordan expects to file additional charges as his investigation continues.

MacCallum More Board of Directors learned of the alleged embezzlement on December 21 when they discovered that fundraising proceeds had not been deposited in MMMG’s checking accounts, and the museum’s December bills were unpaid. Further investigation revealed that MMMG’s credit card had been used excessively for purchases not related to the gardens or museum. Checks had been forged and the bank account was overdrawn.

Chase City Police were notified, and paperwork was filed to locate, arrest and prosecute Bradford.

Dottie Bratton, MMMG board member, said she could not comment on the arrest because she knew little about it. Instead she expressed her appreciation for “all who have called MMMG to volunteer their help with fundraisers, to give us suggestions on different ideas for fundraisers, and to those who have donated financially to help us.”

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