HARRISVILLE, W.Va. – On Sept. 13, Rhonda K. Ireland, 45, Pullman, was arrested and charged with six counts of embezzlement of funds from her former employer, Regeneration, Inc.
In February 2020, the Sheriff’s Department received a complaint about missing money from the organization’s checking account at Huntington Bank.
Five individuals had access to that account, including the defendant, who was the Administrative Assistant to the Board of Directors.
Her job responsibilities included the management of funds and writing checks on the account.
On Aug. 3, Ritchie County Sheriff T. M. Snodgrass received a written report from the Office of the State Auditor and Financial Forensics Inspector Neil McEachron, Jr., CFE/CPA, in reference to an investigative audit of the Regeneration, Inc. business account.
The audit found that, during 2019, the organization’s debit card was used to make 17 unauthorized purchases, totaling $2,105.94. That card was assigned and utilized solely by Ireland.
These purchases were for around 90 items, including: screen protectors for an Iphone 6, household, personal care items such as hair gel, lip balm and makeup remover, toys, clothing, rain ponchos, laundry basket, food items and school supplies.
Ireland was released on a $30,000 bond.
A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 28 at 3 p.m.
The defendant faces up to 10 years in jail on each of the six charges. She will be hiring an attorney.