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Jury indicts six, accuses woman of taking $49,084




A West Virginia woman has been charged with stealing nearly $50,000 from a Letcher County coal company for which she worked.

According to an indictment returned last week by the Letcher County Grand Jury, Debra L. White, of Chattaroy, W.Va., stole $49,084 by issuing seven checks to herself or to companies she owed money, then entering the checks into the coal company’s ledger as though the checks were written to firms that sell mining machinery and other supplies.

White, who is charged with seven counts of theft by deception and seven counts of possession of a forged instrument, was one of six people named in nine indictments handed up to Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright.

The indictment charging White says she committed the crimes in May 2001 while she was the bookkeeper of Gen Tec Processing Inc. The grand jury says that White was able to steal the money by forging the name of Gen Tec owner Allen Stump on checks she had written to settle her personal debts with Bank of America and other companies. $12,566 to $2,817 and purportedly were being written to pay debts to Joy Mining Machinery and other companies instead of being processed through White’s personal account at the Bank of Mingo in Williamson, W.Va.

The case against White is being investigated by Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb, who testified before the grand jury.

Others indicted are:

• Ralph Fields – three indictments each containing three counts – sexual abuse, rape, and incest.

Fields, 68, of 16 Ball Yard Hollow, Whitesburg, is charged with subjecting a child less than 14 years old to sexual contact, rape of a child less than 14 years old, and incest with a child less than 18 years old in 1992, 1993 and 1994.

Kentucky State Police Detective Randy Combs testified in all three cases.

• Robert Quincy Combs – two counts of escape, theft, and being a persistent felony offender.

Combs, 29, of 36 High Street, Blackey, is charged with two counts of leaving the home where he was being electronically monitored February 6, 2008 and February 8, 2008. The grand jury says Combs took the electronic monitoring bracelet valued at $300 or more belonging to East Kentucky Correctional Service.

In a separate indictment, Combs was charged with bail jumping when he failed to appear for a scheduled preliminary hearing, and with being a persistent felony offender.

Letcher County Sheriff ‘s Deputy Mickey Stines testified in both cases.

• Thurman R. Potter Jr. – escape and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Potter, 34, of 17 Mellow Drive, Jackhorn and 49 Indiana Avenue, Whitesburg, failed to return to the Letcher County Jail after a medical furlough on April 11, 2008.

Letcher County Jailer Donald McCall testified in the case.

• James Oneil Elswick – receiving stolen property and theft by deception.

The grand jury says Elswick, 27, of 5766 Hwy. 931 North, Whitesburg, possessed and pawned a Dell laptop computer on August 6, 2007, which he knew had been obtained by fraud by the use of a stolen identity.

Letcher County Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus K. Terry testified in the case.

• Rocky Lane Sandlin – assault.

Sandlin, 26, of 382 CSX Drive, Whitesburg, is charged with causing physical injury to Matthew Bryant by engaging in a fight and striking him in the head on December 17, 2007.

Letcher County Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus K. Terry testified in the case.


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