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W.Va. woman sentenced for embezzling from employer

November 15, 2013
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has been sentenced to two years and three months in federal prison for embezzling more than $1 million from her employer.

Melissa Trenary Grove of Bunker Hill was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Cincinnati for wire fraud.

Court documents show the 41-year-old Grove was chief financial officer for a Cincinnati computer consulting firm from 2007 through 2009.

Prosecutors say while working from her home, she made unauthorized personal purchases on a company credit card, wired funds and wrote checks from company accounts to her personal accounts, and secretly added a relative to the company payroll. She also used the money to start a spa business in West Virginia that eventually failed.

Grove was ordered to pay restitution and forfeit assets bought with embezzlement proceeds.



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