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Beckley Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement and Filing a False Tax Return. Charleston, WV, May 23, 2006

Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2006-05-23.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.

OIG Investigative Reports, Beckley Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement and Filing a False Tax Return
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UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Southern District of West Virginia
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2006
United States Attorney
Charles T. MillerMedia Contact
Tracy D. Chapman
US Attorney's Office
300 Virginia Street, East
Charleston, WV 25301
1-800-659-8729
Tracy.Chapman@usdoj.gov
Beckley Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement and Filing a False Tax Return
Deborah Mitchell, age 58, of Harper Road, Beckley, West Virginia, pled guilty
before United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston to a two-count information
charging her with embezzling $1.3 million from RESA I from 1999 to 2006 and
to filing a false income tax return during tax year 2005.
Mitchell, the former Executive Secretary and Financial Manager, admitted to
embezzling the money from RESA 1 by having checks issued to individuals and
companies who were not legitimate RESA vendors. Mitchell admitted to receiving
the checks issued to the individuals and depositing the checks into her own
bank account and her daughter's. Mitchell further admitted to sending large
amounts of RESA I money to her credit card company and to her daughter’s companies
in Columbia, Kentucky.
The case was investigated by the Beckley Police Department, the Internal Revenue
Service-Criminal Investigation Service, the United States Department of Education-Office
of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
At her sentencing scheduled for September 5, 2006, Mitchell faces 13 years
imprisonment, a fine of $500,000 and an order of restitution in the amount of
$1,313,091.22.
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