KEYSER – The mayor and former recorder of the Town of Elk Garden were indicted Tuesday on separate charges stemming from the alleged embezzlement of funds from the town.

By Liz Beavers

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Tribune Managing Editor

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KEYSER – The mayor and former recorder of the Town of Elk Garden were indicted Tuesday on separate charges stemming from the alleged embezzlement of funds from the town.

Mayor Lawrence Douglas “Buddy” Stonebraker, Route 1, Elk Garden, was charged with grand larceny and former clerk Barbara Timbrook,  10 Orchard St., Keyser, was charged with  embezzlement when the Mineral County Grand Jury was presented with evidence on an extremely busy Tuesday.

Stonebraker’s alleged theft was said to have occurred between January 2015 and August 2016, and Timbrook’s alleged embezzlement was to have occurred between January 2011 and July 2016.

The alleged misappropriation of funds had originally been brought to light during a routine audit of the town’s books by the West Virginia State Auditor’s Office, and was then made public when council member  Jody Paugh’s wife began asking questions during a council meeting in October.

Senior Trooper Zachary Paterline of the West Virginia State Police was in charge of the investigation, and after the accusations became public, Timbrook turned herself in to the State Police in mid-October and was charged with felony embezzlement.

She was taken before then-Magistrate David C. Harman and released on bond.

Stonebraker, who was just re-elected as the top vote-getter in the June 2015 town election, was serving his fifth term as mayor of Elk Garden.

Timbrook, who had served the town as an elected recorder for over 10 years, had resigned the position earlier last year and moved to Keyser.

She also worked as a secretary/accountant for the Mineral County Technical Center, but was suspended  by the Mineral County Board of Education in November, pending the conclusion of the investigation into the charges. She later resigned.