Woman accused of embezzling over $ 150,000 from WEPCO Credit Union members’ accounts in Preston County
KINGWOOD, West Virginia – A woman has been charged with embezzling over $ 150,000 from WEPCO Federal Credit Union members’ accounts.
According to a criminal complaint drafted by the Kingwood Police Department, on November 29, 2017, Nicole Moore, 37, of Elk Garden, began “hijacking[sic] credit accounts ”while working as a loan officer at WEPCO Federal Credit Union.
From November 29, 2017 to September 9, 2020, Moore “was able to divert $ 157,950.00 from 60 members[sic] accounts by making cash advances on more than 81 different loans ”via“ 198 member transactions[sic] accounts without their knowledge, ”officers said.
The complaint states that Moore “admitted to changing members[sic] from paper to electronic statements ”, and that it“ would turn off notifications on electronic accounts so that members do not notice a change in their principal balance ”.
On September 9, a member of the credit union called to check her account balance and noticed that it was higher than it had been when she had checked the balance months before, date to which she reported the discretion to WEPCO, agents said.
During its investigation, the credit union discovered that there had been 10 different cash advance transactions on the member’s account between the dates of December 17, 2018 and August 4, 2020, all of which had been made by Moore, according to the complaint.
At this point, representatives from the credit union contacted the Kingwood Police Department and an investigation began after Moore was fired from her post, officers said.
After reading her rights to Miranda, Moore claimed that she was “unaware of the exact number of loans she had handled, or the amount of money she had taken”, and when she asked why she had hijacked, Moore said “she was being blackmailed[sic]According to the complaint.
Moore then told agents that she would put the money into the “blackmailer” account and use the card in that account to withdraw money from an ATM. from an account “…” then put the money on it[Moore’s] personal account, ”the officers said.
Prior to using the ATM, Moore had placed $ 1,600 in the “blackmailer” account, which was the last transaction Moore was able to complete before he was terminated from the credit union, according to the complaint.
Moore has been charged with embezzlement.