CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An embezzlement case in Boone County has now spilled over into Pratt.
The attorney for Andrea Kinder, 34, of Madison, has subpoenaed financial records from Pratt. Kinder has been charged with embezzling more than $105,000 from the Southern Public Service District Company in Madison.
Kinder was an administrative assistant at the company who was responsible for collecting customer payments.
Southern Public Service District is a gas company in Boone County.
She has never worked for Pratt, Mayor Gary Fields said. But she did work for Fields when he was division manager for Southern Public Service District Company, he said.
Fields believes she is trying to implicate him in the embezzlement case.
"I've been told she's trying to point the finger at me," he said. "And I think that's a crock of crap."
Fields denies he took any funds while working at the company. He worked for Southern Public Service District for 40 years before retiring in 2011.
"That company was good to me," he said.
The number listed for Kinder in the phone book had been disconnected. Her attorney, Matthew Hatfield of Madison, was unavailable for comment.
Hatfield subpoenaed the records from Pratt. He is seeking records dealing with the money withheld from Pratt employee checks that was not paid to the Internal Revenue Service, according to the subpoena.
The money was withheld but not paid to the IRS from Jan. 1, 2008, until Dec. 30, 2011, according to the subpoena.
The town still owes about $100,000 to the IRS for taxes that were withheld from employee checks but were not paid to the federal agency.
The town will use funds from the sale of its water works to West Virginia American Water to pay off the debt, Fields said.
At one time, the IRS had filed a $140,000 tax lien on the city for the debt.