J.E.B. Stuart Administrator, Poe Middle School Principal Charged With Embezzling, Money Laundering

November 11, 2013 7:00 PM6 comments
Sonya Swansbrough, principal of Poe Middle School.

Sonya Swansbrough, principal of Poe Middle School.

Two Fairfax County Public School employees, one an Annandale middle school principal and the other an administrative employee at Falls Chuch’s J.E.B. Stuart High School, were charged with embezzlement and money laundering today.

After a joint investigation by Financial Crimes Unit detectives from Fairfax County and Fairfax County Public School human resources, the employees, Poe Middle School principal Sonya Swansbrough, 46, of Woodbridge, and Bethany Speed, 38, of Burke, an administrative employee at Stuart, were charged with the crimes.

Police say they began an investigation after being contacted by Fairfax Co. Schools after “internal processes brought the issues to light” in late September 2013. The allegations involved falsifying timesheets for personal financial gain in incidents that began as early as May 2010. Officials believe over $100,000 may have been embezzled.

Bethany Speed, an administrator at J.E.B. Stuart High School.

Bethany Speed, an administrator at J.E.B. Stuart High School.

According to a letter sent to parents of students at Annadale’s Poe Middle School, Speed was the former finance technician for Swansbrough at the middle school.

Police also charged a third individual, Brenton Rusnak, 20, of Radford with receiving stolen property in connection to this case. Rusnak is Swansbrough’s son.

The investigation is ongoing.


  • Steezussschristt

    Wow. Stealing money from graduates like me. Way to go fairfax county

    • Sher Windsor

      Stee, i hope you mean by w2g fairfax county is by catching them?

  • sonya

    She was my principal… seemed so nice…

  • Sher Windsor

    this does not surprise me one bit. smh

  • JFallsChurch

    not so fast…maybe the $100K was just a bonus paid to Bethany for the incredible job she has been doing.

  • Mike Smith

    I am sure these folks were nice, everyone says so. Alas, greed trumps nice all too often.

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