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Bethany College Employee Admits to Stealing more than 1 Million Dollars

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A former Bethany College employee admits to taking money from the place she worked, now she will spend time behind bars for the crime.

Shelly Lough admitted to stealing over 1 million dollars from the college after she plead guilty to both embezzlement and falsifying accounts in a Brooke county courtroom on Friday.

It was alleged that from June 2011 until may 2013, Lough stole money from the college while working as a clerk at the cashiers office. The FBI and a forensic accounting agency conducted  the investigation where  it was revealed that Lough embezzled exactly 1,038,000 dollars.

"She was being extorted and black mailed by two other individuals. These two individuals were receiving the proceeds that she was stealing from Bethany college," said Brooke County Prosecutor Joe Barki.

Lough says she's been receiving mental treatment since September of 2013. Lough could face no less than one year and no more than 10 years for each count.

Judge Ronald Wilson ordered a pre sentence investigation. Lough will be back in court on April 8th for her sentencing.


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