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Press Release

Dunbar Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Local Nonprofit

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Walter Greenhowe, 72, of Dunbar, pleaded guilty today to defrauding a community improvement nonprofit for the Dunbar, Pinewood and Institute areas.

According to the plea agreement and statements made in court, Greenhowe admitted that from 2014 to 2018 while President of the nonprofit, he engaged in a scheme to defraud the organization of approximately $130,349.07. Greenhowe used the nonprofit’s debit card to obtain cash for his personal use from ATMs at various roadside gaming parlors in and around Dunbar. Greenhowe admitted that these transactions were unauthorized and unapproved by the nonprofit. Greenhowe often made these withdrawals late at night or early in the morning and removed cash multiple times a night. 

Greenhowe pleaded guilty to three counts of wire fraud and faces up to 60 years in prison when he is sentenced on March 3, 2022.

United States Attorney William S. Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the West Virginia Commission on Special Investigations, the West Virginia State Police, as well as the Intelligence Research Specialist and Litigation Financial Analyst in the United States Attorney’s Office.

United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Kristin F. Scott is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:21-cr-00133.




Updated December 2, 2021