Former Economic Development Director Indicted for Misuse of City Funds

Monday, November 18, 2019

​Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that the Grand Jury meeting in Virginia Beach Circuit Court today returned 87 indictments as true bills.  Among them was Warren Harris, age 62, of the 400 block of Blue Water Court in Chesapeake, Virginia, for the following fourteen (14) felony charges:

  • Embezzlement >=$200*; Embezzlement by Public Officer; Obtain Money/Property by False Pretense >$200* (Date of offense range: 1/30/18-4/17/18)
  • Embezzlement >=$500*; Embezzlement by Public Officer (Date of offense: 8/13/18)
  • Embezzlement >=$500*; Embezzlement by Public Officer; Use Public Assets for Personal Purposes >$1,000 within 12 months (Date of offense: 7/23/18)
  • Embezzlement >=$200*; Embezzlement by Public Officer (Date of offense range: 3/5/18-4/3/18)
  • Embezzlement >=$200*; Embezzlement by Public Officer (Date of offense: 7/31/16-10/11/16)​
  • Embezzlement >=$200*; Embezzlement by Public Officer (Date of offense: 6/7/18-7/9/18)

Harris is the former Director of Economic Development for the City of Virginia Beach.  The allegations stem from misuse of City of Virginia Beach funds for personal use.  When the capias for these charges is active and served on Harris, his case will be set for attorney appointment and trial in Circuit Court.

The investigation leading to today's indictments has been a joint effort between the FBI, Virginia Beach Police Department, and this Office.  As this case is pending, the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office cannot comment further at this time. 

*note:  The threshold for felony Embezzlement changed from $200 to $500 on July 1, 2018, and the amounts listed in charges above take into account the date of offense for each charge.

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