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Former Human Services Agency Director Faces Fraud Charges


A former director of a Welsh-area human services agency is facing possible time behind bars after being arrested on embezzlement and fraudulent schemes charges.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports the West Virginia State Police say in a statement that 42-year-old Shanita Evans was charged Friday with fraudulent use of an access device, embezzlement, fraudulent schemes and obtaining under false pretenses.

Authorities believe the alleged offenses occurred while Evans was the executive director of Stop Abusive Family Environments from July 2012 to February 2016. No sum of money was released.

State police began investigating after being contacted by SAFE board members.

If convicted, each of the charges carries a possible sentence of one to 10 years in prison.

It’s unclear if Evans has an attorney.