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Former Worker Charged with Stealing from W.Va. Agency


A former employee faces charges of stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment and supplies from the West Virginia Division of Highways.


The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Maryland, says a Berkeley County grand jury indicted 57-year-old William Robert Smallwood of Martinsburg on Friday. Smallwood is charged with felony obtaining money or goods by false pretenses, fraudulent use of a credit card and embezzlement.

Smallwood is accused of embezzling more than $6,000 worth of chainsaws, weed eaters and other items between January 2010 and July 2013. He also is accused of using a DOH credit account to buy a pressure washer, an electric generator and a plasma cutter in 2012 and 2013.


Police say Smallwood was in charge of purchasing equipment and supplies for the DOH.