A Halifax County Circuit Court grand jury issued true bill indictments Thursday for Tiffaney N. Bratton for one felony count of embezzlement and one felony count of embezzlement by an officer of public funds.
Bratton is a former lieutenant of the South Boston Police Department.
In September, Bratton was charged with embezzlement charges following an investigation with the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office, according to a release provided by Virginia State Police.
That same month she turned herself into Virginia State Police at Blue Ridge Regional Jail and was released on a $2,000 unsecured bond. She also was terminated from the police department.
State police initiated the investigation in August at the request of South Boston Police Chief Bryan Young.
Chief Young contacted state police after discrepancies were discovered within the department’s evidence room and inventory during the month of July. The discrepancies were discovered during an audit, according to a statement released by town officials.
Young explained Thursday that the audit was part of their accreditation process.
The July audit followed Bratton’s April promotion from rank of sergeant to lieutenant, head of the police department’s investigations division.
She was the first female lieutenant in the department’s history.
As lieutenant of the investigations division, Bratton commanded criminal investigations as well as narcotics and gang investigations.
Bratton joined the South Boston Police Department in 2006, after starting her career in law enforcement at the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office. She quickly moved through the ranks of the police department.
As a result of the investigation, Bratton was placed on paid administrative leave on Aug. 16, as stated in the town officials’ statement.
Once state police completed its investigation, the criminal investigative findings were turned over to Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Bethany Harrison, the special prosecutor assigned to the case.
Bratton’s case was taken up in Halifax General District Court on March 23.
Harrison explained that it was determined that there was “probably cause” for the charges, and on March 23, Judge Jody Farris of Prince Edward County certified the charges to grand jury.
The commonwealth’s attorney told The Gazette recently that she could provide any further comment on this case at this time.