Woman Accused of Embezzling $200,000 from Family

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman is facing a felony embezzlement charge after investigators say she took more than $200,000 from family members.

According to the criminal complaint, from 2009 through 2013, Delores Gail Freshour, 61, of Kenna, embezzled money from her father and two brothers, who thought they were helping their father when he was sick.

Investigators say it started in September 2009, when Freshour was made power of attorney over her father's account. From 2011 until her father's death in 2013, investigators say she cashed, or wrote herself 174 illegitimate checks. The checks ranged from $100 to more than $10,000. One check, cashed in November 2011, was for $20,000.

The total amount of money taken from her father's account during that time was $135,513, according to the complaint. Also during that time, Freshour is accused of taking $44,000 from a safety deposit box belonging to her father, investigators say.

According to the criminal complaint, Freshour stopped paying for her father's care at a nursing home. Her brother ended up paying more than $11,000 for that care.

Another brother also told investigators that he gave his sister $10,000, for what she said was to pay for additional health care expenses for their father, according to the complaint.

Those funds, along with $8,000 one of the son's paid his father for a truck he bought off of him, were never accounted for, according to the complaint.

In all, investigators say Freshour embezzled $212,841 from various accounts of her father.

According to the criminal complaint, she refused to answer any questions asked by investigators.

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