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Local leaders charged in Front Royal scandal

FRONT ROYAL (AP) Fourteen current and former officials of Front Royal-area governments are charged with misdemeanor misfeasance and nonfeasance for their knowledge of and inaction over the local economic development agency’s mismanagement of funds.

State police announced the indictments Sept. 24, news outlets reported. Among those indicted are all five elected Warren County supervisors, the county administrator and the former county attorney. The charges stem from an investigation into the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority and its former executive director, Jennifer McDonald. A review of authority records reportedly uncovered wrongdoing and secret self-serving deals.

McDonald was indicted in May on 28 felony embezzlement related charges. She had brokered a deal with a developer who promised projects funded with money that never materialized. The developer also promised a police academy overseen by the sheriff. The sheriff wasn’t charged in the scheme, but was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound days after McDonald’s arrest.

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