Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Kanawha Magistrate Court Investigated for Missing Funds

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Kanawha Magistrate Court Investigated for Missing Funds

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A detective has been assigned to investigate money missing from Kanawha County Magistrate Court. An official in magistrate court alerted deputies to the missing money Wednesday, according to Mike Rutherford, chief deputy for the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office.

"We are just getting into it, Rutherford said Thursday about the investigation. "We do know the money is not where it should be.

Each day, magistrate court employees deposit money collected from fines, among other court costs.

"My understanding is that it was supposed to have been deposited at the end of the day and it wasn't. The next morning when another individual looked for it, it wasn't there, Rutherford said. "Nobody seems to know really what happened to it right now.

Rutherford wouldn't disclose the names of any employees who have been interviewed. …

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