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Plea deal struck in embezzlement case

April 30, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A former manager of an automobile dealership in Martinsburg entered a no-contest plea Thursday to a misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in Berkeley County Magistrate Court, according to court records.

A felony charge of embezzlement was dismissed against Shawn David Bowders of 300 Strathmore Way in Martinsburg as part of the plea agreement that was accepted by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller, Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Richard Stephens said.

Bowders was accused of writing down the cost of a Pontiac Grand Prix at the dealership for his own purchase in March, according to a complaint filed by West Virginia State Police.

Bowders later returned the vehicle, police said.

Stephens said the victim, Opequon Motors, agreed with the plea agreement, which also required Bowders to pay $200 in fine and court costs.

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Bowders was represented by attorney B. Craig Manford.

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