Former New Haven Recorder sentenced to 1 – 10 years in prison for embezzlement

By RealWV Staff,

MASON COUNTY, W.Va. – Roberta Hysell, former Recorder for the Town of New Haven, on Thursday, was sentenced to a term of one-to-10 years in prison for embezzling nearly $30,000 from the town.

The sentence was handed down by Mason County Circuit Court Judge Anita Ashley. In addition to the prison sentence, Hysell was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine, and restitution to the Town of New Haven in the amount of $27,500. The W.Va. State Auditor’s Public Integrity and Fraud Unit served as lead investigators, with Unit Director Lauren Plymale assisting County Prosecutor Seth Gaskins’ prosecution of the case.

“Today’s sentence sends a strong message that stealing from taxpayers will not be tolerated on our watch,” State Auditor J.B. McCuskey said after the sentence was announced. “Our public officials play a vital role in the lives of West Virginians. But when that trust is broken, there should be consequences.”

“Others who would think to use taxpayer dollars to enrich themselves should know the Public Integrity and Fraud Unit is watching, and stands ready to help any local government investigate fraud,” McCuskey added.

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