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Virginia Tech Employee Arrested For Allegedly Forging 133 Meal Tickets

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Blacksburg, VA – A Virginia Tech Catering Services employee has been arrested for allegedly forging about 133 employee meal voucher tickets.

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

After an investigation, Virginia Tech Police found that Crook had allegedly forged the meal tickets between Nov. 2, 2013, and April 7, 2014.

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

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

According to police, he then forged the signature of a former supervisor who was previously employed in Owens Hall in order to obtain meals free of charge.

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

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

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