W.Va. bonding agents charged in embezzlement

MARTINSBURG (AP) — Two former agents for an Eastern Panhandle bonding company are charged with embezzlement after allegedly writing more than $1.2 million in unauthorized bonds.

Media outlets say 38-year-old Mathew Francis and 40-year-old Shelly L. Garrison were charged with a single count of embezzlement and conspiracy.

Francis was arraigned Thursday by a magistrate who set bond at $15,000.

Garrison hasn’t yet been arraigned.

The pair are accused of stealing from A. Regional Bonding Co. and its owner, John Orem, between last October and this March.

It was not immediately clear whether the two have hired attorneys.

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