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W.Va. woman accused in theft asks for jury trial

March 22, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - An Inwood, W.Va., woman charged with theft and embezzling from a Hagerstown nonprofit organization has requested a jury trial in Washington County Circuit Court.

Kelley Boyd Macher, 45, of 79 Minnick Road, was scheduled to go to trial Wednesday on three counts of felony theft scheme and embezzlement in Washington County District Court, but shw entered a request for a jury trial March 7. Her request was granted March 12, according to court documents.

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

Two of the accounts missing money were assigned to Macher, according to court documents.

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

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

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.

Macher acted as fiscal manager for the organization, Macher told Hagerstown Police Department Detective Shawn Schultz, according to documents.

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