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Embezzlement case transferred to Circuit Court

April 15, 2010|By DON AINES

HAGERSTOWN -- The case of a West Virginia man charged with embezzling more than $14,000 from his employer was transferred Thursday to Washington County Circuit Court.

Matthew Christian Donegan, 38, of 252 Talisman Drive, Martinsburg, W.Va., is charged with embezzling or misappropriation of funds, theft scheme of $10,000 to $100,000, and four counts of theft of $1,000 to $10,000, according to the statement of charges filed by the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Donegan was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday in Washington County District Court, but his defense attorney submitted a written demand for a jury trial in Washington County Circuit Court, Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Michael said.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department was contacted by the owner of Bowman Development Corp. on Nov. 3, 2009, regarding a possible embezzlement, according to the application for statement of charges. Todd Allen Bowman told investigators that lease payments had been stolen from his company, according to the application.

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Donegan, who had worked for Bowman for about 12 years, three months earlier had been moved to a new position collecting lease payments for properties, the application states. In October, Bowman noticed some payments had not been deposited, according to the application.

Four tenants made cash payments to Donegan totaling $14,078.51, the application states.

Donegan told Bowman the tenants hadn't made the payments and that he was "filing the appropriate paperwork with the courts," the application states. Bowman checked with the courts and found the paperwork was not filed, according to the application. Bowman also contacted the tenants, who told him they paid Donegan in cash, the application states.

Donegan resigned from Bowman Development Corp., according to the application.

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