Court Date Set for Ex-Magistrate Accused of Embezzlement

West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A former magistrate accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from a West Virginia group is set to appear in court.

A prosecutor tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail that Julie Yeager is scheduled to appear before a judge March 25.

In 2017, Yeager resigned from the bench in Kanawha County before the state Supreme Court’s administrator filed a complaint accusing her of embezzling at least $14,000 from the West Virginia Magistrate Association. Yeager served as the association’s treasurer.

A West Virginia Judicial Investigation Commission inquiry found that Yeager embezzled at least $22,000 between late 2016 and July 2017. The commission’s statement of charges says she’s accused of lying to Magistrate Association officials when they confronted her about the account. She later said she’d used association money for personal expenses.

It’s unclear if Yeager has a lawyer who could comment.

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