Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Mary Beth Andre, 50 embezzling from cat spay-neuter organization

New Kent, VA

Henrico County

September 8, 2014  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse
 Felony   feral cats Convicted New Kent Circuit Court

A Henrico County woman who stole nearly $20,000 from a volunteer group dedicated to spaying and neutering feral cats pleaded guilty to five felony embezzlement counts in New Kent Circuit Court.

At times wiping tears from her eyes, Mary Beth Andre entered the guilty pleas as part of a plea agreement that will see her serve an active sentence of 45 days in jail on weekends with more than 20 years suspended.

Andre, 50, served as treasurer of Operation Catnip of Richmond Inc. but used Catnip donations for thousands of dollars of personal costs including airline tickets, bill payments and even cosmetics.

Her lawyer, after presenting a check reimbursing the 13-year-old organization, told the court that Andre was struggling to overcome drug and alcohol addiction problems and had seen a drop in her pay working for a financial institution. The thefts were discovered by new board members earlier this year who took their findings to New Kent investigators. Operation Catnip is continuing to operate and has improved bookkeeping safeguards.

Reference: Richmond Times-Dispatch