Teller faces embezzlement charge in Berkeley County

January 11, 2007|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 26-year-old Martinsburg woman was arraigned Wednesday in the theft of more than $53,000 from the Martinsburg Mall branch office of Mountain Heritage Federal Credit Union while employed as the head teller, Berkeley County Magistrate Court records show.

Rebekah D. Bartley of 119 N. High St., was charged with one felony count of embezzlement after an investigation by bank officials at the branch office at 800 Foxcroft Ave. and Martinsburg Police Department officer E.L. Chrisman.

A $20,000 bond was set for Bartley's case by Magistrate Harry L. Snow.

Bank officials contacted the police department Oct. 5, 2006, after an audit of records revealed a shortfall of $53,097 from a cash drawer assigned to Bartley, who was employed as the branch office's head teller, according to Chrisman's complaint.

The day before police were contacted, a random "cash count" was conducted by two bank officials and "all teller drawers were found to be in balance with the exception of (Bartley's)," a bank executive told the investigating officer in a written statement received by police last week.


"Her drawer was accessed by using a key that is kept in the vault in an envelope that was secured by (Bartley's) signature," Chrisman said.

When confronted by bank officials about the disparity between the amount of money in her drawer and the bank books, Bartley said "I took it," according to the complaint.

When later contacted by police on Oct. 5, 2006, and advised of her rights, Chrisman said Bartley declined to offer a statement and indicated that she would seek legal counsel, records show.

Police believe the money was taken between Jan. 2, 2006, and Oct. 3, 2006, according to Chrisman's complaint.

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