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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Greenbrier County Woman Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

BECKLEY, W.Va. – A Greenbrier County woman pled guilty to a wire fraud charge today, according to United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Cathy Byers, 44, of Renick, pled guilty to one count of wire fraud. Byers faces up to 20 years in prison when sentenced on October 2, 2020.

“Ms. Byers betrayed the trust given to her by using the union’s bank account as her own to pay personal expenses. The union members’ hard earned money was her personal piggy bank,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “We prosecute cases like this to hold fraudsters accountable, protect the victims, and to seek restitution.”

Byers used her position as the treasurer of a local union to defraud the union of approximately $22,000 by using the union’s bank card to make numerous purchases of personal items.

The Department of Labor, through its Office of Inspector General and Office of Labor Management Standards, conducted the investigation. United States District Court Judge Frank W. Volk presided over the plea hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Kathleen Robeson is handling the prosecution.

 

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Updated June 16, 2020