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W.Va. woman charged with embezzling more than $400,000

January 13, 2007|by PEPPER BALLARD

HAGERSTOWN - An Inwood, W.Va., woman has been charged with embezzling more than $400,000 from Potomac Case Management Services Inc. between July 2000 and August 2006, according to charging documents.

Kelley Boyd Macher, 45, of 79 Minnick Road, is charged with three counts of felony theft scheme and embezzlement, according to the documents.

According to court records, Macher is to go to trial on the charges Feb. 14 in Washington County District Court.

Each of the felony theft scheme counts carry maximum sentences of 15 years, and the embezzlement count carries a maximum sentence of five years if convicted.

Macher was served with a criminal summons on Dec. 22 and was not taken before a Washington County District Court commissioner on the charges, a commissioner said Friday.

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Potomac Case Management Services Inc., a nonprofit organization at 140 W. Franklin St. in Hagerstown, reported $452,208.50 was missing on Dec. 1, 2006.

According to the organization's Web site, Potomac Case Management Services Inc. offers help to those diagnosed with mental illnesses and families and senior citizens who need a variety of services.

A woman switching software for bookkeeping records noticed discrepancies in funds paid out from the organization, and an auditing firm was hired to look over the financial records, police said in charging documents.

The organization was missing $213,049.70 from an American Express account assigned to Macher and $24,299.05 missing from an Advanta account, also assigned to Macher, according to court records.

The audit also revealed 58 unauthorized checks, totaling $44,417.29, were written to Macher from a Farmers & Merchants Bank account, police said in court documents.

There also were $170,442.46 worth of payments made from the organization directly to Macher's personal banking account.

Macher told Hagerstown Police Department Detective Shawn Schultz that she was hired by the organization in March 2000 and left in August 2006, according to documents. She said that in 2002, she became fiscal manager for the organization.

Macher told the detective that she was responsible for the theft and used the money "to support her family," according to charging documents.

As of Dec. 19, 2006, when the charging documents were filed, Macher had reimbursed $9,750 of those funds, according to court documents.

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