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Woman accused of not donating money raised for charity

September 29, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Berkeley County woman was arraigned Tuesday on charges she failed to donate more than $1,400 raised in a horse show held in October 2008 to benefit a breast cancer charity, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Shea D. McCauley, 31, of Reunion Corner Road in Gerrardstown, W.Va., was charged with one felony count of obtaining money by false pretense, according to court records. McCauley was arraigned by Magistrate W. Randy Smith, who set a $5,000 bond, records show.

Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy Cpl. Chris McCulley said in his complaint that the charitable organization had not received $1,421.25 that was raised in the Oct. 4, 2008, benefit that was organized by McCauley while she was the leader of the Mane Round-up 4-H Horse Club based in Gerrardstown, according to court records.

Contacted by a concerned donor in May 2009, McCulley said West Virginia University Extension and 4-H agent Doug Hovatter told him that he had learned the 4-H club's accounts contained "several discrepancies" and had McCauley removed from the organization.

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Hovatter also said he ordered a state audit of the 4-H club's accounts in December 2008, according to the complaint.

In a letter to Hovatter, the defendant "cites several excuses and explanations regarding the missing money and she acknowledges the money was never received by any cancer foundation," according to the deputy's complaint.

In an interview in June 2009, McCulley said the defendant told him that she didn't know where the money went, but also claimed she issued a money order to the cancer society organization in the amount of $928, according to the deputy's complaint.

The defendant, however, also told McCulley she didn't have any documentation to verify that claim, according to the deputy's complaint.

The complaint did not include the proper name of the cancer organization.

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