Former library foundation director accused of embezzling $20k re

Former library foundation director accused of embezzling $20k recently worked for another charity

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BRISTOL, VA (WJHL) - Less than 48 hours after police charged the former executive director of the Bristol Public Library Foundation with embezzlement, we're learning she spent the last year doing charitable work at another organization.

Bristol, Virginia, detectives previously said during Anita Foster-Machado's employment with the library foundation she made roughly $20,000 worth of charges to the library foundation's credit card for personal items like clothing, jewelry and make-up over a several year period. The library says she was supposed to spend that money on adult and teen library programs. The foundation's IRS tax returns reveal at one point Foster-Machado was making a salary of $75,000.

According to Foster-Machado's LinkedIn account, after she was laid off from the library foundation last year when money dried up, she started working as the director of new development at United Company Charitable Foundation, which is also in Bristol, Va.

Police previously told us they arrested her at her new job Wednesday, but wouldn't reveal the name of the business. Officers also said they didn't think she was employed there any longer.

A spokesperson for The United Company confirmed as much.

"We are only authorized to state that Mrs. Machado is a former employee of a subsidiary of The United Company," The United Company Senior Vice President and General Counsel J. Thomas Fowlkes said in an email.

As a side note, the library's most recent public audit revealed several material weaknesses; all with the foundation. Auditors listed several thousand dollars woth of audit adjustments needed to balance the foundation's accounts. Since then, the library has taken over maintenance of the foundation's books.

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