Arrest made in Raleigh County Recreation Authority embezzlement case

Raleigh County

Friday, May 18, 2018 UPDATE: Raleigh County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a former public employee in connection with an embezzlement investigation.  The former Director of the Raleigh County Recreation Authority,.Rhonda Michelle Walker, 40, of Beckley was arrested on May 18, 2018.

Investigators said they were alerted to the embezzlement on Monday, May 7 after an audit turned up more than $18,000 missing from the Raleigh County Recreation Authority.  

The Raleigh County Commission discovered 16 checks had been written by Walker to herself from 2010 to 2015.  She told detectives that she wrote the checks to pay herself for vacation time she did not take and to “give herself a raise.”

Deputies said Walker embezzled $18,536.11.  She was released on a $25,000 bond.

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ORIGINAL STORY: An investigation is now underway after an audit found more than $18,000 missing from the Raleigh County Parks and Recreation budget. 

According to Commission President Dave Tolliver, the former Superintendent of Parks and Recreation voluntarily resigned once the investigation was brought to her attention earlier this year. 

Tolliver said they are still working to find a new superintendent and will be conducting interviews on Tuesday, May 15.

Tolliver added Monday is the first day on the job for Parks and Rec. Executive Director, Molly Williams. Williams will oversee the new superintendent. 

Raleigh County Sheriff’s Deputy Robinson will be handling the investigation. 

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