Local man guilty of embezzlement from Patsy house

Posted: October 19, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — A local man pleaded guilty Friday to embezzling money from the Patsy Cline Historic House.

Allan K. Mace, 46, of Winchester, was a volunteer at the house and stole the money from daily deposits on May 15 and May 31, according to Winchester Commonwealth’s Attorney Alexander R. Iden.

He pleaded guilty to the felony charge as part of an agreement and the case was continued to Oct. 21, 2014, for a deferred disposition.

If Mace is on good behavior for 12 months, the felony charge will be dropped to a misdemeanor and he will be sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation.

Judge John E. Wetsel Jr. approved the agreement.

Money in the daily deposits at the historic house comes from tours, sales and the gift shop.

Patsy Cline lived at the 608 S. Kent St. residence off and on from 1948 to 1957 and had practiced there when she won acclaim on the “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts” TV show in 1957 in New York, singing “Walkin’ After Midnight.”

Mace, who stole $560 cash from the business, had been a volunteer at the house since it opened two years ago.

Iden said a video camera was set up to catch Mace embezzling the money, and that he actually took the computer chip out of the camera.

He was charged with petty larceny for that incident, but it was not prosecuted as part of the agreement.

His attorney, Beau Correll, said he thought the resolution to the case was equitable because of Mace’s service at the historic house and his lack of criminal history.

He added that he was “pleased” with the outcome.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com