Former circuit clerk employee sentenced for embezzlement
From Staff Reports
KEYSER - A former deputy in the Mineral County Circuit Clerk’s Office was sentenced this week to 2-20 years in prison for embezzling as much as $87,000 from the county.
Gary Duane Feaster was accused of pocketing money which had been paid as fines in the clerk’s office when he was employed there.
In January 2019, the Mineral County Commission issued a news release stating that an employee of the circuit clerk’s office had “made a voluntary self-disclosure of the details” of the theft.
Two days prior to the statement, Feaster had resigned from his job.
Feaster was charged with felony embezzlement and fraudulent schemes in January 2020, following an investigation by the West VIrginia State Auditor’s Public Integrity and Fraud Unit.
According to the auditor’s office, “the evidence presented by the special prosecutor showed Feaster took between $65,000 and $87,000 from the circuit clerk’s office over a period of three years. Some of the monies belonged to crime victims, for restitution, and were never paid by him.”
The case was heard by special circuit Judge C. Carter Williams.
According to published reports, Feaster apologized for his actions during the sentencing hearing.
The judge ordered Feaster to make restitution to the clerk in the amount of $75,000 and also to reimburse the auditor’s office $41,666 for the cost of the investigation.
He is currently housed in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail in Augusta.