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Moundsville Woman Charged with Embezzling From Wheeling Company

WHEELING – State Police have charged a woman with embezzling over $10,000 from a business in Wheeling.

Donna Hudson, 65, of Moundsville, was arrested Thursday after an investigation allegedly turned up nearly $10,375 missing from A.D. Baker Construction and A.D. Baker Properties, where she had been employed since November 2019 in a financial role.

Hudson was in charge of incoming payments, outgoing invoices, banking reconciliations, financial transfers, accounts receivable and payroll for the businesses, according to court documents.

In March, a co-worker discovered that several accounts had been paid by customers but the money did not transfer completely, with deposit slips being falsified to conceal the alleged embezzlement.

One transaction was for $4,524.94, another for $1,260, and six others were for amounts under $1,000, all performed between Dec. 31 and Feb. 26.

The co-worker said only she and Hudson had access to the lock box, which police said did not show signs of tampering.

State police said Hudson’s criminal record showed several convictions for grand larceny, fraud, larceny, forgery and/or uttering and embezzlement in West Virginia, Ohio and Florida.

She was arrested Thursday and charged with felony embezzling. She remains lodged at the Northern Regional Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing has not yet been set before magistrate Janine Varner.

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