CUMBERLAND — A Ridgeley, W.Va., woman turned herself in to police for allegedly being involved in the embezzlement of more than $100,000 from a local dentist’s office. Kecia Lynn Southerly, 44, was charged with forgery, theft and related offenses following a four-month investigation by C3I.
The case was brought to the attention of police after an internal audit by the doctor’s office determined a large sum of money missing. The investigation revealed that beginning in 2007 and continuing until late in 2009, Southerly allegedly forged the doctor’s name on numerous insurance reimbursement checks, and then cashed them for her own use.
After obtaining numerous bank statements and canceled checks to verify the allegations, investigators obtained a charging document for Southerly, who surrendered to the C3I Warrant/Fugitive Unit on Friday.
Southerly was released on her own recognizance.
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