In $3 million embezzlement case, Forsyth judge denies motion seeking financial documents

From Winston-Salem Journal, “A Forsyth County judge denied on Tuesday a motion requesting a large number of documents, including articles of incorporation and tax records, in an embezzling case in which two people are accused of stealing $3 million from a Winston-Salem businessman.

Last year, Rhonda Lee Byrd, 58, of Boulder Court in Davidson County, and Charles Dewayne Washington, 54, of Clement Street in Winston-Salem, were indicted on charges stemming from allegations that they embezzled money from their employer, Bobby G. Slate, over a period of three to nine years. Byrd is charged with five counts of embezzlement, one count of conspiracy and one count of obtaining property by false pretenses. Washington is charged with three counts of embezzlement and one count of conspiracy.

Indictments allege that Byrd, a bookkeeper and administrative assistant, embezzled money from 1999 to 2008. Indictments against Washington span a period from 2005 to 2008. A federal lawsuit that Slate filed against Byrd and Washington alleged that the two embezzled a total of $3.3 million in assets. Slate also alleged that he and other plaintiffs lost $14 million in profits because certain developments could not be completed. In November 2013, Byrd and Washington consented to a $3 million civil judgment.”

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