GJ indicts man on embezzlement

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 29, 2005

A grand jury on Wednesday indicted a Suffolk man accused to keeping money raised during a softball tournament fundraiser with two counts of felony embezzlement.

Michael J. Curbelo, 38, of the 200 block of Fallawater Way, is accused of keeping approximately $1,500 raised during the fundraiser for the family of the late Suffolk Police Officer William A. &uot;Drew&uot; Henley. The benefit was held in April, about three weeks after Henley, 33, died of natural causes after apprehending a suspect.

Curbelo, a former advertising representative with the Suffolk News-Herald, turned himself into police in August. His case is slated to be heard in Suffolk Circuit Court on Dec. 29.

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Curbelo is accused of making at least two withdrawals for approximately $750 each and using the money for personal use, said Lt. Debbie George, spokeswoman for the Suffolk Police Department. Henley’s widow Chrissy approached police after only receiving only $1,000 of the estimated $2,500 reportedly raised during the tournament.