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Bunker Hill, W.Va. woman arraigned on one count of forgery

September 21, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Bunker Hill, W.Va., woman is accused of forging a record to support a claim that she was a certified public accountant, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court documents.

Melissa T. Grove, 40, of 175 Charming Lane, was arraigned Friday on one count of forgery of a public record by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg, according to court documents.

The West Virginia Board of Accountancy forwarded a complaint concerning the alleged fraud to Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely’s office last month, according to court documents.

A former business partner of Grove’s told the state board that Grove was invited to become part of a consulting partnership after she represented she could secure contracts with companies such as Conoco Phillips, Exxon Mobil, Pfizer and others, according to court documents.

The victim told police that she had claimed to have orchestrated a meeting with Conoco Philips in Toronto, but he learned upon arriving there that there was no scheduled meeting with the company.

“(He) advised Ms. Grove never flew to Toronto and even while he was (there), Ms. Grove continued the charade by making excuses why her arrival to the hotel was delayed,” West Virginia State Police Cpl. J.M. Walker said in a complaint against Grove.

Walker determined that a May 23 letter supposedly sent from the Board of Accountancy indicating Grove’s license renewal application had been accepted was a fraud, according to court documents.

Authorities determined that the license number on the document belonged to another individual and that Grove was not licensed by the state board, according to court documents.

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