WIRT WOMAN GETS 21 MONTHS PRISON - Embezzled $145,000

Melissa Evans, 49, of Palestine, Wirt Countym was sentenced to 21 months in prison for bank fraud. She will also pay a total of $145,000 in restitution.

Evans, who worked as the financial coordinator for a dental practice in Parkersburg, stole checks that had been sent to the business by insurance groups and deposited them into her own bank account. She ultimately embezzled over 300 checks, worth more than $120,000.

“Evans stole from her employer for four years,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “Now, in addition to repaying her employer, she’ll be spending almost two years in federal prison.”