Andrews said she took the money from both groups from 2008 through 2010.
She said she wrote herself a number of checks and purported to use the funds for fundraising projects. Instead she sent money repeatedly to groups called Global International and Worldwide International.
She had been contacted, she said, and told money would be coming to her if she paid certain fees first. She never received any money.
The judge said she wanted to be sure the West Virginia Attorney General's Office had been notified and would investigate the scammers that Andrews sent money to.
The Kanawha County Commission investigated the theft of money from both organizations and turned its findings over to the county prosecutor.
The county temporarily cut its funding to the VFD after the embezzlement allegations and until a fiscal audit was conducted. Later, as a result of that misuse of funds, the county changed its policy on grants to VFDs and required more detailed forms and accounting.
Andrews often wrote to the Daily Mail in praise of West Virginia State University and appealing to graduates to donate to the alumni group.
"It costs money to provide academic programs and student support," she wrote in 2001. "When you have benefited by your college education, it seems only fitting that you should want to give back to your alma mater.
"Alumni must find time to give back," she wrote. "Alumni must be gracious. Alumni must be generous."
Andres will be sentenced next month.
Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cher...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832.