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Hearing continued in Red Cross embezzlement case

April 25, 2007|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man accused of embezzling more than $14,000 from the American Red Cross Berkeley County chapter while he was leading the organization renewed his request for a court-appointed attorney after his application was initially denied.

Appearing before Magistrate Sandra L. Miller on Tuesday, Jonathon A. Jarrell of 519 West Virginia Ave., Martinsburg, told Miller he wished to reapply for legal counsel and agreed to waive his right to a speedy hearing.

Jarrell, 42, was arraigned April 6 on one felony count of embezzlement, which was filed against him by West Virginia State Police Trooper J.M. Walker, according to court records. He was released from custody on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

Jarrell voluntarily resigned as executive director July 5, 2006.

Walker said in his complaint that the organization's records indicate he received five extra paychecks between August 2004 and December 2005.

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The organization's current director also told police about discrepancies in the Red Cross chapter's gift-wrapping revenue logs for Christmas 2004, Valentine's Day and Mother's Day 2005, Christmas 2005, Valentine's Day 2006 and Mother's Day 2006, according to court records.

Credit card statements for the organization also included several unauthorized purchases, including four cash advances amounting to $820, police said. Walker said in the complaint that Jarrell indicated he initially intended to repay the Red Cross for money he took for personal use, but never did.

Walker wrote in the complaint that Jarrell told police that after an audit failed to detect the missing funds, he said he was "no longer concerned that he would get caught."

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