NORFOLK -- A former top official at Norfolk’s Community Services Board (CSB) will have to pay up for her role in the agency's no-show-worker case.
Brenda Wise entered an Alford plea Thursday. The plea means a defendant acknowledges there was enough evidence for a conviction, but does not admit guilt.
Wise was the director of administration for Community Services during the 12 years that former CSB employee Jill McGlone received $320,000 in pay and benefits, but didn't go to work. McGlone was fired and stopped receiving checks on May 15, 2010.
Wise was indicted in March, 2013 after the Commonwealth's Attorney Office sought direct indictment from the Grand Jury following "a thorough review of the special grand jury's Dec. 13, 2012 report and all of its investigative materials. These materials include evidence not previously available to the office," according to a news release.
That December report said Wise had the authority to eliminate the administrative pay, reinstate Jill McGlone or terminate her employment but she didn't act. It also recommended a regular grand jury indict Wise.
Under the plea agreement, Wise will not spend in jail, but must pay $225,000 in restitution.