Dunbar Man ordered to pay more than $70,000 for defrauding local nonprofit | USAO-SDWV

CHARLESTON, WV — A Dunbar man was sentenced to two years of federal probation and ordered to pay more than $70,000 in restitution for defrauding a nonprofit community that serves the West Dunbar, Institute and Pinewood areas . The non-profit organization provides these communities with important services such as neighborhood cleanups, pothole filling and road paving, seniors events, landscaping and lawn mowing. grass in common areas, installation and maintenance of approximately 200 streetlights to deter crime and promote safety.

According to court documents, Walter Greenhowe, 73, served as the nonprofit’s president from 2014 to 2018. While he was president, Greenhowe engaged in a scheme to defraud the nonprofit organization. nonprofit of approximately $130,349.07 using the organization’s debit card to obtain cash. for personal use at roadside gaming parlors in and around Dunbar, Nitro, St. Albans, Cross Lanes and South Charleston. These cash withdrawals often take place late at night or early in the morning. Greenhowe admitted that these transactions were unauthorized and unapproved by the nonprofit organization.

Greenhowe also admitted that in 2017, during his debit card fraud, he obtained a $25,000 donation check from an Institute chemical company. Greenhowe did not remit this check to the nonprofit and instead opened a bank account under the nonprofit’s name at a different bank than the nonprofit regularly uses. . Greenhowe deposited the donated check into the account and then withdrew the funds in cash within three months.

Representatives of the non-profit organization and members of the community were present at the sentencing hearing today and addressed the court directly. They have expressed their need for restitution so that their organization can regain financial solvency as soon as possible to continue serving the citizens of the West Dunbar, Institute and Pinewood communities.

The court recognized the nonprofit’s desire to regain financial solvency and ordered Greenhowe to pay restitution of $70,349.07. Greenhowe had previously repaid the nonprofit about $85,000 before his fraud was discovered.

U.S. Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and praised the investigative work of the West Virginia State Police, the West Virginia Special Investigations Commission, and the Office of the Attorney General’s Litigation Financial Analyst. US attorney.

U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin handed down the sentence. Assistant United States Attorney Kristin F. Scott prosecuted the case. Assistant United States Attorney Jessica Nathan of the United States Attorney’s Office Financial Litigation Unit is coordinating the restitution.

A copy of this press release can be found on the website of the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Court documents and related information can be found on PACER by searching for Case #1. 2:21-cr-00133.

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