CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A recently-filed criminal complaint accuses an Ohio woman of extorting money from a Bethany College employee.
Rachaelle Weesse was arrested and appeared in federal court Feb. 14, said U.S. Attorney for the Northern District William Ihlenfeld.
Weesse was released on bond and her preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 28.
The Feb. 14 criminal complaint alleges Weesse's arrest stemmed from an investigation into more than $720,000 stolen from Bethany College.
The complaint said an employee who was in charge of the cash window embezzled money and falsified accounting paperwork.
The employee maintained Weesse and others extorted money from her, threatening to expose sexual texts and photos exchanged between the employee and Weesse's husband, the complaint states.
The complaint says the employee stole cash from Bethany College on about 15 occasions and gave cash to Weesse and others in exchange for electronic storage devices containing sexually explicit content.
The complaint says a search warrant was executed and a multi-jurisdictional drug task force took about $262,000 from Weesse's house in Caluctta, Ohio.The complaint also says shortly before the search warrant, Weesse paid $35,000 in cash for a 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander and from October 2012 to July 2013, she and others spent more than $25,000 in jewelry.