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W.Va. Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Gov Money


A former U.S. Forest Service employee faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing government money.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II says 41-year-old Kwaku A. Akomah of Fairmont also faces a fine of up to $250,000.

Ihlenfeld says Akomah made unauthorized personal purchases with government funds, including buying more than $1,000 in gas for his personal vehicle. An investigation by the Forest Service revealed the purchases.

Akomah pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of theft of government money.