Former Mathews Volunteer Fire Department treasurer Paul Joseph Reardon was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison, with 15 years suspended, for embezzling $216,500 from his fellow volunteers over a two-year period. He pleaded guilty to the charge and was convicted in July.
Long said that he had reviewed the pre-sentence report the night before and had found a number of mitigating factors, such as Reardon’s more than 30-year career as a Virginia State Trooper, his advanced age (Reardon turns 75 tomorrow), the lack of prior convictions, the fact that he adopted and raised two children, and his long record of volunteerism in his church and the community. But Reardon’s demeanor and his refusal to reveal what he did with the money didn’t sit well with the judge.
"If he’d come in court with his hat in hand, remorseful, I would consider it," Long said. "But he’s made no effort to say where the money’s gone. His betrayal of the public trust was astronomical."