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Former bookkeeper pleads guilty in W.Va. case

December 11, 1998

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A former bookkeeper at the Jefferson County Public Service District pleaded guilty Friday to embezzlement, officials said.

Vivian R. Walters had been indicted after more than $200,000 turned up missing at the water and sewer department.

Walters, who worked at the public service district for about eight years, was sentenced to 1-10 years in prison following her plea to one count of embezzlement, according to prosecutors.

But the sentence was suspended, and Walters was given three years probation, court officials said.

Walters was indicted in September 1996 on a charge of embezzling $219,390 while working at the utility company, according to court records.

Problems at the agency began coming to light when another former employee complained to the Jefferson County Commissioners that the agency had improperly handled his benefits.

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Also, numerous bank deposit slips did not correspond with record of payments made by customers, according to Jefferson County Circuit Court records.

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