Two union officials at VA Medical Center indicted
08/23/2013 - The Exponent Telegram. By Matt Harvey.
Two union officials have been indicted, each charged with receipt and concealment of embezzled funds at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg.
Janet Posey, president of the American Federal of Government Employees Local 2384 VA, is scheduled for an initial appearance at 9 a.m. Monday before U.S. Magistrate John S. Kaull.
Linda Bland, vice president of the same union, is set for an initial appearance at 9:30 a.m. Monday, also before Kaull.
Posey’s indictment, returned by federal grand jurors in Wheeling, alleges receipt and concealment of more than $1,000 between July 27, 2009, and Sept. 25, 2012, at the Clarksburg VA facility.
Bland’s indictment, also out of Wheeling, alleges receipt and concealment of more than $1,000 between June 28, 2011, and Aug. 18, 2012, at the VA Medical Center in Clarksburg.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Cogar is representing the government.
The court file showed Posey and Bland still without legal counsel as of Thursday.
The Office of Labor Management Standards, Pittsburgh, investigated.
• Christopher M. Marcum, 38, of Fairmont, has waived his probable cause hearing before Harrison County Magistrate Warren “Gizzy” Davis.
The waiver sends to circuit court the charge of soliciting a minor via a computer.
Marcum unlawfully texted what he believed was a 15-year-old female, alleged Bridgeport Police Lt. G.B. Weaver.
Weaver leads Bridgeport Police in conducting routine Internet stings in a bid to curb cyberspace crimes against juveniles.
• Raymond J. Baugh, 54, of Weston, has been arrested in Lewis County on 23 misdemeanor counts alleging he was a prohibited person in possession of firearms.
Baugh unlawfully possessed 23 guns on Aug. 8 at his residence on Pratt Street in Weston, Lewis County Sheriff’s Lt. D.S. Parks has alleged.
At the time of Baugh’s arrest, he also possessed three different types of oxycodone in a pill bottle, and his cell phone had received “several calls inquiring about purchasing pills from him or if he had any left,” Parks has alleged.
Baugh, charged with a misdemeanor section of state code, was released on $40,000 bond after an initial appearance by Lewis Magistrate Michael R. Gissy.
• Leslie W. Alkire, 42, of Weston, has been charged with two counts of malicious assault.
On Aug. 13, Alkire threw a hammer through a vehicle’s window, endangering two people inside, Cpl. M.S. Clark of State Police has alleged.
One of those in the vehicle, a male, suffered minor injuries and then exited the truck with the hammer, Clark alleged. That male struck Alkire at least two times in the head with the tool, causing an injury that required staples to repair, Clark alleged.
Alkire was freed on $30,000 bond after an initial appearance before Lewis Magistrate Roger D. Clem Jr.
The investigation continues.
• Elvis A. Boswell, 23, and Kenneth R. Boswell Jr., 19, both of Princeton, have waived probable cause hearings before Magistrate Davis.
Each man is charged with felony false pretenses and conspiracy. A day earlier, codefendant Terry Joy, 22, also of Princeton, waived a probable cause hearing before Harrison Chief Magistrate Keith Marple on the same charges.
The men are accused by State Police Tfc. J.M. Bush of collecting nearly $2,000 to put concrete on a Harrison County driveway and then, instead, putting only four tons of gravel down.