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West Virginia city worker pleads guilty to skimming funds

November 2, 2021 GMT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An employee of a West Virginia city has pleaded guilty to skimming city funds, state officials said.

Kim Bannister pleaded guilty Friday to a felony embezzlement charge, the West Virginia state auditor’s office said in a news release.

Bannister was the office manager for the city of Madison. She engaged in a fraud scheme to skim city funds, receive extra payroll checks, and be paid for leave she was not entitled to have, officials said.

Bannister was sentenced by a Boone County judge to one to 10 years in prison. The court agreed to suspend the sentence and granted a motion for probation for a seven-year period. She was ordered to pay more than $39,000 in restitution.

Two of Bannister’s co-workers were sentenced in February for their part in the scheme to take more than $157,000 from Madison. The charges were the result of a year-long fraud investigation into the city’s finances, officials said.