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Brooke County woman admits to embezzling from credit union

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – A Wellsburg, West Virginia woman pled guilty today to taking more than $82,000 from a local credit union, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Michelle K. Martin, age 45, pled guilty to one count of “Theft, Embezzlement or Misapplication by Credit Institution Employee.” Martin admitted to embezzling approximately $82,000 from the Strip Steel Community Federal Credit Union in Brooke County from October 2016 to May 2017.  

Martin faces up to 30 years incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000. 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 defendants.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Danae DeMasi-Lemon is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated.  

Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr., presided.

Updated December 22, 2017

Financial Fraud