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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Woman faces embezzlement charges in West Virginia

A woman accused of stealing $5,000 from an area credit union appeared in Hancock County Magistrate Court on Friday.

Marsha Ford, 59, of New Cumberland, was charged earlier this month on one count of embezzlement, a felony, for allegedly taking $5,000 in cash from her employer, First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union in Chester. Ford was an assistant branch manager at the Chester location.

Ford came under suspicion after $5,000 turned up missing from the credit union's vault on May 3, according to a criminal complaint filed by West Virginia State Police Cpl. L.M. Roberts.

Ford and two other managers were questioned about the missing money, and all three denied taking it, the complaint said. The vault is a dual control area in which no one person is supposed to disburse cash without a second person being present, the complaint said.

On the day the money turned up missing, that protocol was not followed, the complaint said. There was no surveillance camera footage of the vault on that day either, the complaint said.

Ford allegedly confessed to the theft in a meeting with state police on Sept. 9, saying she was having financial difficulties at home, the complaint said. She said she was sorry and would pay it back, according to the complaint.

Ford is free on a $5,000 surety bond and had a pre-trial conference before Magistrate Michael Powell on Friday

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