Kernersville police employee faces 314 charges of embezzlement

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KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — An employee with the Kernersville Police Department faces 314 charges of embezzlement after she allegedly stole money from the department’s evidence room.

Wendy Prescott Vance, 53, was charged with larceny on Jan. 30 after she allegedly stole around $9,800 from the Kernersville police evidence room while working as an evidence technician.

Police said the suspect was fired from her job on March 28 after they discovered the money missing on March 25. The money was removed from cases where it was classified as evidence, unclaimed money and/or recovered money.

On Wednesday, police said following an investigation, Vance now faces an additional 314 charges of embezzlement by public officer/trustees, access to government computer to defraud, obtaining property by false pretense and altering/stealing/destroying evidence.

Vance was arrested April 2 and given a $1 million secured bond. Her preliminary court date is set for April 17.

Authorities said the suspect was hired as a records clerk in 2004 and promoted to a property technician in 2007. Her annual salary was $39,391.

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