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Preston County woman guilty of embezzlement

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – A Bruceton Mills, West Virginia woman has been convicted of embezzling $87,529 from West Virginia University, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen, announced.

Loretta J. Reckart, age 55, pled guilty today to one count of “Theft Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds.” Reckart admitted to embezzling while employed by West Virginia University from October 2010 to July 2016 in Monongalia County.

Reckart faces up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. 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 defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert H. McWilliams prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The United States Department of Health and Human Services - Office of Inspector General investigated.


U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated April 10, 2017

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