Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 25, 2014

Man sentenced in Va. FFA Foundation embezzlement


Associated Press

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — A Christiansburg man convicted of embezzling more than $700,000 from the Virginia FFA Foundation will spend five years in prison.

Eugene Todd Mills had entered an Alford plea to embezzlement charges in September 2013. An Alford plea means a defendant doesn’t admit guilt but agrees that evidence is strong enough to convict them.

The Roanoke Times reports that the 42-year-old Mills was sentenced Monday in Montgomery County Circuit Court. He also must pay restitution.

The foundation raises funds to support activities of the Virginia FFA Association, formerly known as the Virginia Future Farmers of America.

Prosecutors say Mills embezzled the money while serving as the foundation’s treasurer.