Former Exec. Director of Bristol library foundation sentenced to 2 years in prison

Foster-Machado apologized to the community for the crime and paid $20,000 in court-ordered restitution to the Bristol Library Foundation.

BRISTOL, VA (WJHL) – The woman who once led the Bristol Public Library Foundation and stole thousands of dollars from the organization will now spend two years in prison.

News Channel 11 confirmed Tuesday that Anita Foster-Machado, the former executive director of the foundation, entered a guilty plea inside a Bristol, Va. courtroom to one count of embezzlement.

Foster-Machado was originally charged with five counts of embezzlement after investigators said she stole more than $21,000 from the Bristol Public Library Foundation and spent the money on herself.

We learned she paid $20,000 restitution to the library foundation Tuesday.

After Tuesday’s guilty plea, Foster-Machado was taken to jail. Her two-year sentence will begin immediately.

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