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INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted a former Grayson voter registrar on July 27 on one count of felony embezzlement.
Debra Parks Phipps, 46, of Independence, was arrested on May 7. She also is charged with making a false statement to a criminal investigator, a misdemeanor.
Phipps is accused of using a county credit card to make an unauthorized purchase, state police said. The offense allegedly occurred on Dec. 6, 2011, according to court records.
A Virginia State Police search warrant shows that investigators seized an Apple iPad from Phipps’ home.
Police said they were contacted by county officials in April about the matter.
After a month-long investigation, Special Agent James Scott, a state police investigator, charged Phipps with felony embezzlement of more than $200 and making a false statement to a criminal investigator.
Grayson Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught recused himself from prosecuting the case because of a conflict of interest.
According to court records, Special Prosecutor Lee Harrell of the Wythe County Commonwealth Attorney’s office will prosecute the case. The case was passed on to the next term of Grayson Circuit Court, which begins Oct. 26.
Phipps worked in the Grayson County Registrar’s Office for 17 years and served as general registrar for about 14 years. She was terminated from the position.
Phipps is being represented by Hillsville attorney Joseph McGrady.