Teresa Hudrlik, Wheeling’s former Human Resources director from 2016 to 2018, has entered a guilty plea to one count of wire fraud in U.S.District Court.
As part of the plea agreement, she agrees to make restitution to the City in the amount of $80,000.
The charge carries a maximum possible prison term of up to 20 years, and a fine of up to $250,000.
An investigator for the West Virginia State Auditor’s Office testified that Hudrlik misused a purchasing card she was given as part of her job.
Investigator Jim Watson said she fraudulently used the card, altered receipts, and even raised her own pay without approval of city officials.
He said she manipulated the payroll system to re-direct payments of other city employees to other accounts.
She also allegedly approved payment of city funds to one of her children.
US District Court Judge James Mazzone asked Hudrlik to describe what she did.
She replied, “I do not dispute what was presented.”
She will be sentenced after a pre-sentence investigation is completed.