MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A man accused of stealing $250,000 from a land development company that he and a sheriff’s deputy owned was indicted Thursday on embezzlement and fraud charges by a Berkeley County grand jury.
George H. Van Wagner, 59, of P.O. Box 867 in Martinsburg, was indicted on one count of felony embezzlement and four counts of fraudulent schemes, according to an indictment released by Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely’s office.
Van Wagner, while acting as an agent of Topaz LLC, is accused of stealing the money from the company, a venture that he and Sheriff's Deputy Steven A. Crites formed in 2006, according to the indictment and the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office.
Crites, who was placed on administrative leave earlier this year, was indicted in April in federal district court on bank fraud charges, which are tied to Topaz LLC and other business partnerships, according to court documents.