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Media General Inc

333 East Franklin Street

Richmond, Virginia 23219

United States

Company Description

Media General is one of the nation's largest local media companies that operates or services 71 television stations in 48 markets. Our robust portfolio of broadcast, digital and mobile products informs and engages 23% of U.S. TV households and 43% of the ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

News Anchor

Local TV LLC/ WTKR - Norfolk, VA

News Anchor

WTKR

News Anchor

Media General/ WSLS-TV - Roanoke, VA

News Anchor

Media General, Inc. - WSLS 10

News Anchor and Reporter

KACB, San Angelo, TX

Mayor

Hampton

Affiliations

Board Member
Virginia Crime Stoppers Association Inc

Education

Washington and Lee University

degrees

Broadcast Journalism and Theater

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Whatever became of Melanie Woodrow? | VEER Magazine :: Hampton Roads arts, culture, entertainmen, beer, wine, travel, diningVEER Magazine :: Hampton Roads arts, culture, entertainmen, beer, wine, travel, dining

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Juliet Bickford on her wedding day with some of her WTKR friends. Photo by Keith Cephus, courtesy of Juliet Bickford

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Juliet Bickford on her wedding day with some of her WTKR friends. Photo by Keith Cephus, courtesy of Juliet Bickford
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EXCLUSIVE: Birth and Rebirth for Juliet Bickford - July 1, 2015
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It was no mystery why anchorwoman/reporter Juliet Bickford resigned from WTKR. Channel 3's competitors told us all about her part in a scandal the revolved around tax returns and money laundering.
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Juliet Bickford on her wedding day with some of her WTKR friends. Photo by Keith Cephus, courtesy of Juliet Bickford
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Juliet Bickford on her wedding day with some of her WTKR friends. Photo by Keith Cephus, courtesy of Juliet Bickford
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EXCLUSIVE: Birth and Rebirth for Juliet Bickford


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Juliet Bickford on her wedding day with some of her WTKR friends. Photo by Keith Cephus, courtesy of Juliet Bickford

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Juliet Bickford on her wedding day with some of her WTKR friends. Photo by Keith Cephus, courtesy of Juliet Bickford
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EXCLUSIVE: Birth and Rebirth for Juliet Bickford - July 1, 2015
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EXCLUSIVE: Birth and Rebirth for Juliet Bickford
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Juliet Bickford on her wedding day with some of her WTKR friends. Photo by Keith Cephus, courtesy of Juliet Bickford
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Juliet Bickford on her wedding day with some of her WTKR friends. Photo by Keith Cephus, courtesy of Juliet Bickford
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Juliet Bickford on her wedding day with some of her WTKR friends. Photo by Keith Cephus, courtesy of Juliet Bickford
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Juliet Bickford on her wedding day with some of her WTKR friends. Photo by Keith Cephus, courtesy of Juliet Bickford
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Juliet Bickford on her wedding day with some of her WTKR friends. Photo by Keith Cephus, courtesy of Juliet Bickford
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That is how Juliet Bickford characterizes the events of the recent past.
Bickford abruptly quit WTKR early in 2014 in a moment of high drama during which she pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return.
Five months after making that plea, five months after Bickford disappeared from the anchor desk on Channel 3's weekday newscast at 4 p.m., her life was, indeed, playing out like a bad TV movie.
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After Bickford was placed on a year's probation, and sentenced to perform the community service, she spent the summer and early fall of 2014 working those 200 hours with Operation Smile. The worldwide charity has performed 220,000 free surgeries in more than 60 countries on children with facial deformities such as cleft palates.
In February of this year, the dark clouds in her life began to part when Bickford gave birth to a son, William.
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However, if the opportunity presents itself, I would love to return to television in Hampton Roads," said Bickford. She's 37.
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Family photo with baby son William, who is now 4 months old. Photo by Keith Cephus, courtesy of Juliet Bickford
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Photo by Keith Cephus, courtesy of Juliet Bickford
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(SIDE NOTE: While it must have been difficult to report on the woes of their popular former colleague, Ciara and others in the WTKR newsroom thoroughly covered Bickford "in the middle of this mess," to quote Ciara.
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From WTKR and other sources, we learned that Bickford had dated and lived in the Fox Hill section of Hampton with a Canadian, Theodoros "Terry" Grontis, who federal prosecutors said was guilty of three counts of tax evasion while involved in an international conspiracy ring.
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Bickford, in a sit-down interview with Ciara after her sentencing, said, "I was completely fooled by him.
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I had nothing to do with nor had any knowledge of Grontis' fraudulent activities. (In a move that some may say is unfair, it's been reported that the federal magistrate judge ordered Bickford to pay $10,000 in restitution to victims of Grontis' fraud although she was never charged in the Grontis' case).
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EXCLUSIVE: Birth and Rebirth for Juliet Bickford


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Bickford sentenced to probation, ordered to pay... Bank account in broadcaster's name was used to funnel more than $500,000 during fraud scheme

NORFOLK - Former WTKR News Channel 3 news anchor and reporter Juliet M. Bickford was sentenced Tuesday to a year's probation for filing a false tax return, and was ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution to victims in a financial fraud case.


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Former local TV news anchor Juliet Bickford linked to international fraud scheme

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The statement said Bickford told her accountant in 2012 that her chiropractor had promised a prescription for the tub.
The problem, however, is that the tub was purchased using Bickford's mother's credit card, meaning Bickford could not legally claim the purchase as her own. The claim, the statement said, resulted in a tax loss to the government of "less than $5,000," the statement of facts said.
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Though Bickford won't be sentenced until May, federal prosecutors said Wednesday that they will not ask for any active prison time for Bickford and will ask a judge to order that she pay $10,000 in restitution.
Bickford declined to comment after the hearing, as did her attorneys, Lawrence H. Woodward Jr. and Thomas B. Shuttleworth II.
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Moreover, court records also show that Bickford is "known to the grand jury" - language that often indicates that a witness has provided cooperating grand jury testimony.
Still, Pelfrey's 2012 affidavit indicates the agent did not quite buy that Bickford knew nothing about the conspiracy. He included Bickford's initials in a statement in the affidavit asserting that conspirators "knew the purpose" of the wire transfers.
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During the investigation, Bickford told Pelfrey that she and Grontis met while she was on vacation to the Bahamas in 2006, Pelfrey wrote in the affidavit. Grontis told her that he was a consultant, though no longer involved in day-to-day operations.
For the next three years, Bickford and Grontis would travel to see each other every few weeks. On one of those trips, Bickford met Johnson and White, introduced as Grontis' business partners.
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Bickford told Pelfrey that Grontis had a consulting business conducting fraud investigations and locating lost assets. She told Pelfrey she "believes Grontis could not have a bank account in the United States because he was not a U.S. citizen," so she allowed him to use her account to pay household bills.
The affidavit said that Pelfrey first called Bickford on the phone in September 2011, inquiring about tax issues. Pelfrey wrote that a man Bickford later identified as Grontis was in the background asking questions.
Two days later, Grontis fled the country, telling Bickford that he needed to deal with tax issues associated with the wired transfers, the affidavit said. Bickford told the agent that he had packed a bag of clothes, a laptop and left in his Jaguar. She said Grontis' brother met him in Buffalo, and drove him to Toronto.
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Former local TV news anchor Juliet Bickford linked to international fraud scheme


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Former local TV news anchor Juliet Bickford linked to international fraud scheme

Newscaster's bank account used as conduit in conspiracy case, prosecutors say An undated holiday card sent by Terry Grontis and Juliet Bickford.
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An undated holiday card sent by Terry Grontis and Juliet Bickford.
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Juliet M. Bickford, 35, resigned abruptly last week from her news anchor job at WTKR News Channel 3, the CBS affiliate in Norfolk.
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According to court documents and multiple sources, Bickford had a long-term dating relationship with Theodoros "Terry" Grontis, whom she met on a trip to the Bahamas in 2006, when she was still working for a TV station in Roanoke.
Grontis moved to Virginia a few years later, taking up residence with Bickford in 2009, in a waterfront home on the Hampton River in the city's Fox Hill section.
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A Hampton native and the great-granddaughter of a former Hampton mayor, Bickford has worked at WTKR since 2008, anchoring broadcasts and reporting her signature "Taking Action Against Crime" and money-saving segments.
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Grontis, 42, who is now a fugitive from justice, was paid for his role in the scheme with cash wired to him by way of Bickford's bank account at Bank of America.
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Bickford - who has not been charged in the financial fraud conspiracy - has up to now been listed in court documents in that case only by her initials, "J.B."
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Meanwhile, Bickford appeared in U.S. District Court in Norfolk on Wednesday on a misdemeanor charge of making a false tax return.
A "statement of facts" that Bickford and prosecutors signed off on as part of a plea agreement makes clear that Bickford is the "J.B." referred to in the larger fraud conspiracy case.
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Also, Bickford, "on her boyfriend's behalf, would make various cash withdrawals by ATM or counter withdrawals."
At the hearing, Bickford entered a guilty plea to one count of making a false tax return, based on the allegation that she itemized $14,241 in medical expenses, resulting in an incorrectly inflated $8,256 deduction to her adjusted gross income.
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Former local TV news anchor Juliet Bickford linked to international fraud scheme

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