Local official in West Virginia sentenced for stealing public money

West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A county official in West Virginia has been sentenced for stealing money from a local board of education and a volunteer fire department.

State Auditor John B. McCuskey on Friday announced that 61-year-old Larry Dunbar will serve two to 10 years in jail after pleading guilty to fraud and embezzlement.

Dunbar was the transportation director of the Monroe County Board of Education and was the chief of the Union Volunteer Fire Department.

Prosecutors say he made 274 ATM withdrawals, wrote 20 checks to himself and submitted fraudulent invoices for reimbursement. McCuskey says Dunbar told a judge that his conduct was the result of poor record keeping.

He has been ordered to pay about $86,000 in restitution and around $47,000 for the cost of the state auditor’s investigation.

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