Virginia Tech Employee Arrested For Allegedly Forging 133 Meal Tickets

Blacksburg, VA - A Virginia Tech Catering Servicesemployee has been arrested for allegedly forging about 133 employee mealvoucher tickets.

Edward Dion Crook II, 22, of Blacksburg, was charged withsix counts of misdemeanor forgery and one count of felony embezzlement.

After an investigation, Virginia Tech Police foundthat Crook had allegedly forged the meal tickets between Nov. 2, 2013, and April7, 2014.

The school's estimated loss is about $1,000.

Crook allegedly got the meal tickets from an unlockedcabinet in the kitchen area of Owens Hall.

According to police, he then forged the signature of aformer supervisor who was previously employed in Owens Hall in order to obtainmeals free of charge.

"While some may look at the economic loss in a casesuch as this as minimal, it is important to note the potential impact onothers," said Virginia Tech acting Police Chief Kevin Foust. "In thesetimes when universities like Virginia Tech are doing all they can to keep theeducational costs to students as low as possible, any loss, no matter how bigor small, can potentially have a ripple effect. In that case, we all pay."

Crook was arrested by officers from the Virginia TechPolice Department on campus without incident and transported to the MontgomeryCounty Magistrate Office where he was released on a recognizance bond.

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