A former airport manager of the Twin County Airport has been indicted for allegedly embezzling over $11,000 in public funds from the Twin County Airport Commission.
According to recently unsealed Carroll County indictments, David Ray Ritter, Jr., the former manager of Twin County Airport, allegedly embezzled the funds from the Twin County Airport Commission in July and September of 2010. He has been indicted on two counts of embezzlement. According to the indictments, Ritter wrote two separate checks of $2,400 and $8,867.18 to cash before endorsing them and taking the proceeds. An indictment is formal charge, not a finding of guilt.
Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons said the Virginia State Police looked into the matter after a discrepancy in an audit of the Twin County Airport Commssion. Special Agent Forensic Accountant Jim Scott of the Virginia State Police investigated the case. The investigation is ongoing, Lyons said.
Ritter is set to appear in Carroll County Circoit Court on August 5.
The Twin County Airport Commission was chartered in 1964 by an Act of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Commission establishes policy for airport matters, authorizes project submittals, and approves the annual operating budget. Meetings are held on a monthly basis and are open to the public.
Located at 504 Hangar Road in Hillsville, the airport serves the entire Twin Counties. The Twin County Airport Commission is funded with money from local municipalities Carroll County, Grayson County, and the City of Galax.