The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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June 12, 2014

Crookshanks, Lobban indicted for misappropriating funds

Hotel occupancy tax at issue

LEWISBURG — A Greenbrier County Grand Jury has returned matching misdemeanor indictments against the county commission’s president and immediate past president.

Indicted on charges of misappropriating hotel occupancy tax funds are Greenbrier Commission President Karen Lobban and former President Betty Crookshanks, who left office at the end of December 2012.

Both are accused of voting on Dec. 10, 2012, to pay money generated by the occupancy tax to the New River Community and Technical College Foundation for a purpose “not authorized by law.”

Although not specified in the indictments, the vote taken during the commission meeting in question was to allocate $1.3 million for restoration of the aquatic facility located in a building on the college’s campus.

Wednesday’s indictments were obtained by Special Prosecutors Eugene M. Simmons and Robert P. Martin, who are, respectively, the prosecutor and assistant prosecutor of Pocahontas County.

E-mail: talvey@register-herald.com

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