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Former Bruceton ambulance worker accused of embezzlement

A former worker of the Bruceton Group Ambulance Service is going through embezzlement prices after allegedly falsely including lots of of hours to her time sheets over a four-month interval. 

Board members of the ambulance service contacted the Preston County Sheriff’s Division in November 2023, after a evaluate of payroll information confirmed discrepancies. 

Deputy J.T. Knotts met with the board members who acknowledged their payroll information indicated that Nicole Overfield, 34, of Tunnelton, added hours to her time sheets that she had not labored between July and October 2023. 

In line with the deputy’s report, Overfield resigned from the group in October 2023, however whereas employed, a part of her duties was to deal with payroll with the ambulance service’s accountant. After she departed, the alleged fraud was found. 

Knotts reviewed wage paperwork for all staff throughout that four-month interval and concluded Overfield was paid for 386.75 hours of time for which she didn’t work, which amounted to roughly $10,000. 

The fraudulent hours allegedly included occasions when there was one other crew on responsibility and hours when no crew was on responsibility. 

As a part of his investigation, Knotts acknowledged he referenced 911 name logs and confirmed that in the course of the occasions Overfield was the one crew member being paid to work, there have been calls that had been dispatched and dealt with by one other company.  

As well as, throughout these occasions there was no log of communication to the 911 middle that Overfield was on the station or a request for 911 to web page for an additional crew member. 

In November 2023, Overfield was interviewed on the Clarksburg FBI workplace by Deputy Knotts and Sgt. A.S. Loudin of the West Virginia State Police. Throughout the interview, Overfield confirmed that when she was employed there, she was tasked with dealing with payroll for the group. 

After a while, Knotts reported Overfield acknowledged that she had added hours to her time sheet that she didn’t work and was compensated for these hours. Knotts famous that on a number of events Overfield acknowledged she would pay the cash again to the company. 

Overfield was arraigned Thursday in Preston County Justice of the Peace Court docket and was launched after posting a $50,000 bond. A preliminary listening to is scheduled for March 8.