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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Preston County woman indicted for embezzlement

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

Loretta J. Reckart, age 55, was indicted today by a federal grand jury sitting in Wheeling for one count of “Theft Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds.”  The crime is alleged to have occurred from October 2010 to July 2016 in Monongalia County while Reckart was employed at WVU.

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 is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The United States Department of Health and Human Services - Office of Inspector General investigated.
An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated February 7, 2017