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W.Va. employee convicted of stealing $61K from state agency

November 19, 2019 GMT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a former West Virginia environmental department staffer has admitted to stealing more than $61,000 from the agency.

U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart on Monday announced 50-year-old Yvonne Dozier has pleaded guilty to a felony wire fraud charge.

He says Dozier used a taxpayer-funded credit card to pay her own bills when she was an accounting tech for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. Stuart says she also used the card to pay for a vacation rental home in North Carolina.

Dozier also admitted to altering invoices to cover up the purchases.

She faces up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release when she’s sentenced in February. Stuart says Dozier also will have to pay restitution to the state.