CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An employee of the Fayette County Sheriff's Office has been arrested and charged with embezzlement, Sheriff Steve Kessler said in a news release.
On June 20, information surfaced that funds may have been misappropriated and an investigation began regarding the allegations.
On June 27, charges were filed against Cheryl Lynn Gray, 42, of Oak Hill. Gray, an employee of the Sheriff's Office for more than two years, was charged with embezzlement, falsifying accounts and two counts of forgery. All charges are felonies.
Gray was arrested without incident on Friday afternoon, arraigned in magistrate court, and released on $2,500 bond.
"According to the criminal complaint filed in magistrate court of Fayette County, Cheryl Gray has been systematically stealing money that was received in the front office of the Sheriff's Office in payment for concealed weapon permits, copies of reports, home confinement fees, the service of civil process, and other services provided by the Sheriff's Office," Kessler said in a news release.
"In order to cover up this theft, Cheryl Gray was allegedly creating and maintaining false receipt books and submitting fraudulent and inaccurate reports to the Tax Office of the Sheriff's Office. Detectives have been able to determine that she has embezzled more than $30,000 over the past several months."
He said no tax money collected was affected by the theft.
"Individuals who paid for concealed weapon permits received the permits for which they had paid and individuals received the other services for which they had remitted payment. The victim in this case was the Sheriff's Office itself. The money that was stolen would have been deposited into accounts maintained to supplement the operation of the Sheriff's Office, primarily the Concealed Weapons Licensing Fund Account."
He said that account is used for several purposes, including advanced training for deputies and purchasing special equipment for officers.