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Southern District of West Virginia

Monday, September 30, 2019

Huntington Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement


HUNTINGTON, W.Va.—A Huntington woman pled guilty to embezzling money from 2015 until April 2019 from the Huntington branch of the West Virginia Federal Credit Union (WVFCU), announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Frances McComas, 56, pled guilty to embezzling $165,500 from WVFCU.

“This was an egregious crime by a bank employee,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “McComas stole cash for approximately four years from the credit union that employed her.  We will continue to work with the FBI to prosecute cases like this.”

McComas, who worked as a teller at WVFCU, admitted she took $165,500 from the credit union’s vault and falsified the financial records to hide the embezzlement.   McComas faces up to 30 years in prison and 5 years supervised release when sentenced on January 6, 2020.  

The Federal Bureau of Investigation handled the investigation.   United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Chris Arthur is handling the prosecution. 


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Updated September 30, 2019