Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Martinsburg man sentenced in college embezzlement case

A Martinsburg man who police said admitted to embezzling from Valley College to pay restitution for a previous embezzlement conviction was sentenced after pleading guilty to one felony count of embezzlement in Berkeley County Circuit Court.
Bradley Scott Martin, 31, was sentenced by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Yoder to not less than one or more than 10 years in prison.
Martin also was ordered to pay more than $25,000 in restitution, with $20,842 to be paid to Valley College and $4,442 to Manpower in Martinsburg, Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gregory K. Jones said.
The remaining 139 counts of forgery, uttering and fraudulent scheme in Martin's October 2015 indictment were dismissed as part of a binding plea agreement.
Authorities have alleged that Martin was working as a contract employee for the college when he altered multiple time slips, which resulted in him being overpaid by Manpower, court records said.
Police also alleged that Martin forged 60 checks identified by Valley College and uttered them, records said.
Police said Martin admitted to committing the embezzlement, indicating he was responsible for managing the accounts-payable accounts at Valley College, and had access to write the checks against the school's BB&T Bank account, records said.
The alleged offenses occurred between October 2012 and April 2013, court records said.
When questioned about the allegations, West Virginia State Police Sgt. J.M. Walker said Martin "stated he used the proceeds from the fraud to pay restitution to the court for a previous embezzlement conviction."

Before Thursday's hearing, Martin had been incarcerated due to a parole revocation connected to the previous embezzlement conviction.

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