Former DEP employee convicted of stealing $61K from state agency

Authorities say a former West Virginia environmental department staffer has admitted to stealing more than $61,000 from the agency.

U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart on Monday announced 50-year-old Yvonne Dozier has pleaded guilty to a felony wire fraud charge.

He says Dozier used a taxpayer-funded credit card to pay her own bills when she was an accounting tech for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. Stuart says she also used the card to pay for a vacation rental home in North Carolina.

Dozier also admitted to altering invoices to cover up the purchases.

She faces up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release when she’s sentenced in February. Stuart says Dozier also will have to pay restitution to the state.

Ex-deputy gets 2-15 years for falsifying documents

CLARKSBURG — A former West Virginia sheriff’s deputy convicted of falsifying documentation of payments made to confidential informants has been sentenced to two to 15 years in prison.

The Exponent Telegram reports Harrison Chief Judge Thomas Bedell sentenced 41-year-old Timothy Rock on Monday for 17 counts of falsifying accounts and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.

The newspaper reports the judge didn’t impose the maximum sentence but declined a request from Rock’s attorney for home confinement. Bedell said the former deputy hasn’t accepted responsibility for his actions, which have negatively affected the local justice system.

Rock also is awaiting sentencing on federal charges. He was convicted last week in U.S. District Court on four counts of distributing heroin to confidential informants. Sentencing in that case is set for April 2.

— the associated press

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