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Berkeley County woman admits to theft of government property

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Crystal M. Tress, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, has admitted to stealing government property, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Tress, age 42, pled guilty to one count of “Theft of Government Property.” Tress admitted to embezzling more $5,309.20 that belonged to the United States government while she was employed at the Veterans Canteen Service. The crime took place from April 2018 to March 2019 in Berkeley County.

Tress faces up to 10 years incarceration.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberley D. Crockett is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Department of Veterans Affairs Police investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

Updated January 31, 2020

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