TAZEWELL COUNTY, VA -

A Tazewell County, Virginia woman is facing charges after police say she embezzled money from the public school system.

Willie Kathy Hicks, also known as Kathy Keene, has been indicted on 15 counts of embezzlement, and one count of money laundering.

Virginia State Police tell us Hicks is accused of taking thousands of dollars per year in funds intended for the school and school-related events. Police says Hicks then deposited those funds into her personal account.

Hicks was an employee with the school system, but has since retired.

The investigation is ongoing.