AP audit reveals sheriff’s alleged embezzlement

The sheriff of West Virginia's Mason County is facing 19 counts of embezzlement related to his alleged misuse of government funds.

The Charleston Gazette reports that according to county commission president Rick Handley, questions were first raised about sheriff David Anthony's handling of taxpayers' money after a preliminary audit of the county's budget revealed financial inconsistencies.

A subsequent accounts payable audit conducted by the State Auditor's Office found Anthony misappropriated more than $2,400 worth of funds by using credit cards and checks linked to county accounts to pay for personal expenses.

According to the Charleston Daily Mail, Mason prosecutor Damon Morgan was unable to comment on Anthony's specific expenditures. Each count of embezzlement pertains to an individual charge made in late October to early November.

Handley confirmed that the commission is planning to file a petition to remove Anthony from office with the State Supreme Court of Appeals.

The publicity arising from the AP audit wasn't the only attention Anthony recently received in the media, as he was arrested in November for reportedly firing a gun at his 13-year-old son while intoxicated. 

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