Former Berkeley County teacher sentenced to five years in prison on ID theft

January 14, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W. Va. — A former Berkeley County public school teacher was sentenced to five years in prison for multiple identity theft convictions involving one of her children.

Rebecca Jean Ferguson, 41, also was ordered to serve 40 years of probation in lieu of a second five-year prison sentence, which was suspended, according to Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely.
Ferguson was ordered by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes to pay $10,000 in “restorative” restitution to her daughter and more than $10,000 in restitution to credit-card companies, Games-Neely said.

At a previous hearing, the court heard testimony that Ferguson set up eight credit card accounts using her then-14-year-old daughter’s name.

Ferguson, of Falling Waters, W.Va., pleaded guilty to eight counts of identity theft in April 2011. She was arrested Sept. 28, 2010, and indicted in February 2011.

In a separate case, Ferguson is scheduled to be tried in Berkeley County Circuit Court in May on charges of child abuse stemming from allegations that she struck her children with a broom, metal baton and other objects, according to court records. Ferguson’s trial is set to begin May 29, according to court documents.

Ferguson resigned from her job as a seventh-grade language-arts teacher at Spring Mills Middle School. She previously taught at Musselman High School.

She was employed by Berkeley County Schools for about four years.

— Matthew Umstead

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