Former West Virginia Parkways Authority employee pleads guilty to embezzlement

A former employee of the West Virginia Parkways Authority has pleaded guilty to an embezzlement charge.

Patrick Brady Springman, 47, of Bluefield pleaded to one count felony indictment, charging him with embezzling money from the authority in his role as a messenger, a news release from Prosecuting Attorney Charles Miller said.

Springman admitted in court that he took $41,048 in cash from the state and used it for his own purposes between June 1, 2017, to Oct. 26, 2017, the release said. Springman has since been terminated from the job.

As a messenger, Springman’s job was to pick up cash, checks and money orders paid to the Authority at various locations along the West Virginia Turnpike and deposit the cash, checks and money orders into a bank account at a bank in Charleston, the release said. About $116,000 did not make it into the state’s coffers.

A search warrant was obtained for Springman’s home by the West Virginia State Police and the checks and money orders were discovered at the residence. That money was deposited into the state’s account and were not the subject of loss to the Parkways Authority, the release said.

The prosecutor has recommended Springman receive probation with terms and conditions to be fixed by the court. Restitution may be coming from Springman’s pension funds, the release said.

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