Former director faces embezzlement charges

October 25, 1997


Staff Writer

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The former director of a Jefferson County homeless shelter was charged recently with allegedly embezzling $18,400 from the Coalition for the Homeless.

The Willowbrook Center for the Homeless closed on June 30. Officials said at the time the center was being closed because of financial problems.

Since May, West Virginia State Police have been investigating the disappearance of the funds from the coalition bank account.

Elizabeth Hope Hudson, of Boyce, Va., was released after posting $500 bond.

She was charged Oct. 17 with one count of embezzlement and seven counts of theft, according to court records.

She had moved from Jefferson County to Boyce, Va., shortly after leaving the center suddenly in May, according to court records.


Hudson was in charge of the Willowbrook Center when she allegedly forged the name of two board members and transferred money into a bank account that only she had access to, court records said.

The board president, Pat Fiori, brought the information to the West Virginia State Police on May 11, court records said.

Hudson did not have the authority to sign the names of the board members or to withdraw money from the bank account without permission, court records said.

Money was transferred from the center's account to an account in Hudson's name, court records said.

She then allegedly cashed checks written under the new account, according to court records.

She did not offer to pay the money back and used the money for her personal needs, not for the center, according to court records.

The shelter was on W.Va. 9 outside of Charles Town.

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