Wirt County woman admits to theft of money from local dentist

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Wirt County woman who worked as a bookkeeper for a Parkersburg dentist has admitted to charges of bank fraud.

U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said Friday, Melissa Evans, 49, of Palestine, W.Va. entered the guilty pleas to stealing from her former employer.

According to federal prosecutors, Evans was employed as the financial coordinator for the dental practice and over the course of four years stole more than 300 checks mailed from insurance companies to the practice. Instead of depositing the checks into the account of the dental practice, she deposited them into her own personal bank account. The total taken over the course of the time span was more than $120,000.

Evans will face up to 30 years in prison when she’s sentenced November 18, 2020.

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