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Sonya Swansbrough, Fairfax principal, charged with embezzling, laundering money

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FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Fairfax County police have charged a middle school principal and her former finance aide with embezzlement and money laundering.

Police said Monday that 46-year-old Sonya Swansbrough, the principal at Poe Middle School, and 38-year-old Bethany Speed, an administrative assistant at J.E.B. Stuart High School, had been linked to allegations of falsifying timesheets for personal gain.

The investigation began after the school system contacted police in September. Police believe the incidents date back to May 2010 and more than $100,000 may have been embezzled.

Swansbrough's son, 20-year-old Brenton Rusnak has been charged with receiving stolen property in connection with the case.

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