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Former City Clerk Charged With Embezzlement


A former city clerk in West Virginia is facing charges of embezzling more than $8,000 from his city’s utility board for his personal use.

The Exponent Telegram reports that former West Union City Clerk Joe Edward Cross appeared Wednesday for his arraignment on felony charges before Doddridge Magistrate Jamie Lou Moran.

Cross was released on a $50,000 bond on charges of embezzlement and falsifying accounts. Mayor Joseph Thorpe said Cross was terminated effective Monday.

The criminal complaint by the Doddridge County sheriff’s office says the offenses occurred between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015.

It says Cross took the money from West Union Utility Board’s water and sewer account.

The complaint says an accounting firm found that a considerable amount of money was missing from the account.