RICHMOND, Va. -- A former accounting director for
the National Kidney Foundation of the Virginias is accused of
embezzling about $175,000 from the charity over six years.
Robert B. Graves Jr., 54, was arrested Tuesday and served with 12
felony embezzlement indictments returned by a grand jury for
defrauding the charity that services Virginia and West Virginia.
The foundation works to prevent kidney and urinary-tract diseases,
improve the health of those affected by these diseases and increase
the availability of all organs for transplant.
Graves was fired in March 2005 after the foundation learned that was
convicted in 1994 of embezzling about $78,000 from the Comfort
Inn-Corporate Gateway Hotel in Chesterfield County, where he worked
as the controller. He was ordered to make restitution and received a
suspended 25-year prison sentence.
An internal audit revealed numerous wire transfers and refunds of
foundation money to personal bank accounts of Graves and his wife,
the search warrant affidavit said.
The transfers occurred "pretty much on a weekly basis" beginning in
1999, when Graves was hired, said Henrico County police investigator
J.W. Adkins Jr. At the time, the foundation did not conduct
background checks on its employees.
The foundation has cooperated with police during the 18-month
investigation, said board chairman David Hallock.
"The embezzlement does not have any impact on the programs and
services that we provide to the 10,000 people or more in our service
area that suffer from kidney disease," Hallock said. "You never like
to have your trust violated by someone in such a manner."
Hallock also said annual audits turned up no irregularities during
Graves' employment and additional safeguards have been implemented
to "make sure this type of thing doesn't happen again in the
If convicted, he also could receive prison time for his earlier
By the Associated Press
November 22, 2006