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Woman convicted of embezzling from Town of Alderson

Jacalyn "Jackie" Villars Jacalyn "Jackie" Villars

ALDERSON, W. Va (WVVA)-- The woman accused of embezzlement of funds from the Town of Alderson was back in court Friday morning.

Jacalyn Ann Villars, former employee of the Town of Alderson, entered a plea in court over embezzlement charges.

As a result of the plea to the felony charge, she was convicted of embezzling over $1000 from the town. The exact amount taken is still under investigation.

The plea, known as a Kennedy plea, meant that she acknowledged before the court that there was enough evidence to convict her of embezzlement in the court of law, said Monroe County Prosecutor Justin St. Clair.

St. Clair said Villars also requested a restitution hearing to determine the amount of money she must pay back to Alderson.

Police reports from August 2010 state that Villars was working for the town when coworkers realized money was missing. Evidence pointed police to Villars.

They believe she had been at it for several years, stealing money by charging personal purchases to town accounts, using fraudulent credit/debit card payments and other methods.

Villars still has criminal charges pending in Greenbrier County for alleged illegal personal transactions made there using Alderson's money.

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