(03/12/2017)
A Roane County woman pled guilty Thursday to credit card fraud for using United Way of Central West Virginia credit cards to make personal purchases.

According to U.S. Attorney Carol Casto, Rhonda Conrad, 49, worked for the organization at its Charleston office. She admitted to charging more than $6,000 in goods and services on credit cards from June to December 2014.

Conrad also admitted to setting up false accounts within United Way's electronic system to transfer more than $4,000 to her personal bank account.

"There is not much more despicable than theft from organizations established to take care of folks who can't take care of themselves," Casto said. "Stealing from a charity is a serious crime that carries significant consequences."

Conrad faces up to 10 years in federal prison, a fine up to $250,000 and a restitution payment to United Way of Central West Virginia worth more than $10,000.

The FBI and the Charleston Police Department conducted the investigation.


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