Former City of Anmoore employees avoid jail time in embezzlement case
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The State Auditor’s Public Integrity and Fraud Unit, in cooperation with
Harrison County District Attorney’s Office announced that convictions had been secured for two former
Employees of the town of Anmoore, who allegedly embezzled funds while working as
public service clerk.
Amy Stephens, 50, and Linda Vanscoy, 51, were charged after forensic auditors compared utility payment collection reports with the city’s accounting system and bank records.
The couple had previously pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement.
“Although this is an older case, it is no different from the dozens of our public integrity cases and
The Fraud Unit works every day. The government does not make money; funds are collected by
tax our citizens, who expect those dollars to be used for their intended purpose and not
the pockets of officials. It really is that simple, ”said State Auditor John McCuskey.
Harrison County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Bedell sentenced each accused to one to 10 years in prison, but suspended the jail term for seven years of probation.
Due to a disagreement between the state and the defense over the amount of restitution, the court set an Aug. 12 hearing for a final decision on the amount. The couple could be responsible for repaying the full amount of funds missing to the city. The State Auditor will also seek reimbursement for the cost of forensic audits totaling $ 91,050.19.
The State Auditor’s Office of Public Integrity and Fraud works with all 55 counties
prosecutors to investigate and prosecute financial fraud committed by government employees.
“When our state attorneys partner with our anti-fraud unit, the combination is unbeatable,” McCuskey
mentionned. “If you steal public funds, you steal your friends and neighbors.
You have to stop and tell the truth, because when we find a fraud, we won’t let it go. “
McCuskey strongly encourages anyone with information regarding local or local fraud to call (833) WV-FRAUD, email [email protected], or file a complaint online at www.wvsao.gov .