City employee faces multiple felony charges

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City employee faces multiple felony charges
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An emergency communications employee with the city faces multiple felony charges, including identity theft, in Spotsylvania County, officials say.

Local law enforcement there charged Robert Mains, a city employee since 1980, with identity theft, forgery and using false information to obtain a loan. Mains is now on unpaid administrative leave, a city spokesperson said.

Officials released few specifics about Mains’ arrest, but said Alexandria police initiated an investigation of the longtime employee in October. At the time, Mains was placed on paid administrative leave, according to a city statement.

Local police transferred the investigation to authorities in Spotsylvania County, where Mains lives, sometime within the past couple of months. The charges brought against Mains are not related to his work with the city, officials said.

They were alerted to his arrest Wednesday morning. Mains currently is out on bail and awaiting trial.

His arrest comes just weeks after another city employee, Timothy Wanamaker, deputy director of the general services department, pleaded guilty to embezzling about $30,000 from Buffalo, N.Y., between 2004 and 2008. Wanamaker has since resigned.

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