Park Authority Employee Charged with Embezzlement
West Springfield Police District – Police charged a man employed as a seasonal Fairfax County Park Authority employee for allegedly embezzling money from ticket sales at Burke Lake Park, located at 7315 Ox Road, in Fairfax Station. An investigation determined the Fairfax County Internal Audit Office received a tip on June 16 about the embezzlement. Internal audit investigators subsequently contacted the Fairfax County Police Major Crimes Division to report the crime and initiate a criminal investigation.
A criminal investigation determined the suspect, Earnest Kye, 65, of Ashburn, sold tickets for the carousel and train ride at the park. On several occasions, Kye stole money through the course of his role as a cashier. On Thursday, July 14, detectives obtained five felony embezzlement (VA State Code 18.2-111) warrants for incidents that occurred on Saturday, June 18; Sunday, June 19; Friday, June 24; Thursday, June 30; and Sunday, July 3. Kye turned himself into police on Friday, July 15. He was served with all five warrants at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.
Kye’s employment with the Fairfax County Park Authority has been terminated pending further investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.