Wednesday, February 19, 2014

West Virginia Woman Charged With Embezzling Possibly More Than $1 Million From Local College; Also Charged With Extortion

From The Review on 2/15/14:

A local woman was taken into custody Friday by the Wheeling office of the FBI in relation to an embezzlement case at Bethany College in West Virginia.

Charged with extortion, Rachelle Weese, 26, was escorted to a waiting FBI vehicle outside her Cricket Lane home by St. Clair Township police Chief Don Hyatt after FBI and township officers converged on the house in the early afternoon.

According to William J. Ihlenfeld II, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, the federal extortion charge is a felony and alleges Weese used violence or fear to extort money from Shelly Lough, West Liberty, former manager of the cashier's office at the college.

The criminal complaint against Weese alleges she threatened to reveal to Lough's husband that Lough was in a relationship outside her marriage if she did not pay money.

Although original reports last October indicated the amount allegedly taken by Lough to be about $500,000, Ihlenfeld said Friday it now appears the amount may have been more than $1 million.


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