Former Lee County school employee pleads guilty to embezzlement

Christopher Fee, a former employee of the Lee County School Board, pleaded guilty to using two cell phones assigned to the offices for his own purposes and racking up more than $1,900 in charges. (MGN)

A former Lee County School Board employee has pleaded guilty to improper personal use of cellphones which racked up a bill of nearly $2,000, but he won't have to spend any time in jail.

Christopher Fee, a former employee in the IT department, pleaded guilty on Thursday. He was responsible for the oversight of cellphones used by school board employees. He admitted to using two cellphones which belonged to the school board for his own personal use, or that of an unauthorized person. The use of these cellphones from December 2014 to June 2016 resulted in the payment of cellphone bills by the Lee County School Board which totaled approximately $1,920.

Commonwealth's Attorney H. Fuller Cridlin said Fee will not have to serve any jail time following the guilty plea.

Cridlin issued the following statement on the case:

"The defendant impermissible and illegal exploited his position within the Lee County School Board to obtain cellular phones for his own personal use at the expense of taxpayers. His felony conviction today holds him accountable for his actions and sends a message to others that this type of corruption will not be tolerated. Today's guilty plea is the result of a lot of hard work by the Virginia State Police and the Virginia Attorney General's Office. I particularly appreciate the work of VSP Special Agent Kelly Harvel who directed the investigation, and Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Kerney-Quillen who assisted my office in the prosecution of this complex case."

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