Former Village of Bethlehem employee allegedly embezzles more than $126K


 Andrea McDonald was charged with Conspiracy to Commit a Felony and Fraudulent Schemes Monday after she allegedly embezzled more than $126,000 from the Village of Bethlehem.

Authorities say the case spans seven years.

The charges against McDonald come after an extensive investigation by the Village of Bethlehem, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and West Virginia State Police.

She appeared in front of Ohio County Magistrate Joe Roxby Monday who set her bond at $10,000.

McDonald is a former employee of the Village of Bethlehem, but was terminated back in March of 2015 after an investigation revealed what the Village is calling “suspicious bookkeeping.”

A formal complaint alleges that McDonald used Business and Occupation taxes to pay for her own and other residents’ water from 2008 through 2015. 

A statement released by the Mayor of Bethlehem, Tim Bishop, says, “The investigation, we feel, conclusively determines that Mrs. McDonald intricately planned and carried out the embezzlement of more than $126,000.”

McDonald is free on bond.

7News will continue to keep you updated on this case. 

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