Saturday, February 22, 2014

Brooke County Board of Education Employee Accused of Embezzlement

A woman hired by the Brooke County Board of Education is facing embezzlement charges.

Authorities said Debra Ann Baker is accused of writing checks to herself from the United School Service Employee Association's account while she was the secretary-treasurer of the organization.

According to court documents, an investigation of bank documents revealed that during a 22-month period between Jan 1, 2012, to October 8, 2013, Baker allegedly wrote herself $26,400 in $600 checks.

When questioned about the incidents by police, Baker reportedly said she was having trouble paying her bills and had written the checks as an advance on her stipend, but she "ended up taking more later."

According to bank records, in July of 2012 alone, five $600 checks were deposited into Baker's account, with two deposits occurring on the same day.

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