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South Point Woman Pleads Guilty to W.Va. Workplace Embezzlement

By: WSAZ News Staff, The Associated Press
By: WSAZ News Staff, The Associated Press

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP/WSAZ) – A woman from South Point, Ohio has pleaded guilty to embezzling $150,000 from her workplace in Huntington.

Connie Lynn Whitley, 51, entered the plea Monday in U.S. District Court in Huntington.

Whitley faces up to 10 years in prison. She will be sentenced in July.

Whitley was a bookkeeper with Uptowner Inn, which owns several hotels and HUD apartments. She was arrested by W.Va. State Police back in October.

According to investigators, Whitley wrote approximately 191 checks from five different accounts from July 2009 to September 2013.

Troopers said Whitley told them she was originally behind on bills and wrote the first check to pay them.

Whitley said she continued to write checks, and that the bulk of the money was spent on illegal pain pills for her husband’s drug habit.

She also said the money was use to buy a TV and buy supplies for her husband’s birdhouse business.

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