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Logan Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzling More than $200,000 from Credit Union

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Logan woman pled guilty to misappropriating funds from the Pioneer West Virginia Federal Credit Union, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Dianne Richardson, 69, pled guilty to embezzling $222,000.

“Egregious – Richardson stole $222,000 in cash. For well over five years she was working as a bank teller and a thief,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “We prosecute cases like this to the fullest extent of the law and seek full restitution for victims. Great work by the United States Secret Service and the South Charleston Police Department.”

Richardson, an employee of Pioneer West Virginia Federal Credit Union in South Charleston, admitted that starting in September 2013 through February 2019, while working as a teller, she stole money from the credit union. She admitted she made false entries in the Pioneer records to make the cash totals reconcile when in fact, they did not.

Richardson faces up to 30 years in prison when she is sentenced on October 15, 2020. She also is responsible for paying restitution for the monies she embezzled.

The United States Secret Service and the South Charleston Police Department conducted the investigation. United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Chris R. Arthur is handling the prosecution.

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. 2:20-CR-00025.


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Updated July 16, 2020

Financial Fraud