Unsealed documents show former EDA director lost over $700,000 gambling

Jennifer McDonald

The Virginia State Police and the Warren County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office have ordered the court to unseal several documents from the on-going Economic Development Authority investigation. 

In 2018, former EDA executive director, Jennifer McDonald, told a local media outlet she had won nearly $2 million over four years from gambling. When WDVM viewed the unsealed documents, they stated McDonald actually lost more than $700 thousand at the Hollywood Casino between 2014 and 2018.

In an affidavit, Hollywood Casino records show in 2014 McDonald lost $38,752.65, in 2015, $130,517.50, in 2016, $158,752.28, in 2017, $205,264.28 and in 2018, $219,920.61.

“For a total loss of $753,207.32. This figure includes winnings and losses for McDonald,” the unsealed documents state. 

The documents also state that EDA uses United Bankshares INC., which McDonald had possible access to. The state police say they are seeking to examine the account records “for any misappropriation of funds.”

Warren County Assistant Commonwealth Attorney, Bryan Layton, states in the court documents: “The office, in agreement with the Virginia State Police, respectfully moves this court to unseal the aforementioned documents in accord with the public interest.”

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