CHARLES TOWN – Prosecutors have released a 134-count felony indictment against the former treasurer of Blue Ridge Mountain Volunteer Fire Company, alleging that she embezzled almost $14,000 in under two years. This follows past civil and criminal charges for similar acts.
Susan Roxanne Carter has been charged by a grand jury with 114 counts of fraudulent use of an access device, 19 counts of forgery, and one count of embezzlement. She is accused of using a Walmart credit card taken out in the Blue Ridge’s name to purchase items that were not for use by the fire department.
Analysis of the latest indictment shows one act of fraud was allegedly committed every six days between May 1, 2008 and April 12, 2010, with the total averaging $121 on 114 different occasions. Carter allegedly embezzled a total of $13,793.
These charges come in addition to 52 previous felony counts Carter was charged with in May 2010 for related crimes, including 23 counts of fraudulent use of an access device, 14 counts of forgery, 14 counts of identity theft and one count of fraudulent scheme.
Trooper J.M. Bush investigated the suspicious purchases, collecting receipts and security video from two Walmart locations where the purchases had been made. Then-President Dave Withers, Treasurer Alicia Marcus and two others identified Carter from the video footage as the person making the purchases, according to police reports.
Several of the credit card receipts had been signed “SWeaver,” imitating the signature of Blue Ridge’s Secretary Suzanne Weaver, according to the reports. Carter was again identified on security video as the person signing the receipts.
Carter was originally alleged to have embezzled $4,204 from Blue Ridge in the 2010 indictments, bringing the total she is accused of stealing to more than $18,000. Carter is currently being sued by Blue Ridge.
Others indicted were:
• Trammell Eugene Alexander, with one count each of attempted murder and malicious wounding for allegedly attacking a man with a knife or box cutter in July.
• Joseph Lee Hardy, with one count each of malicious wounding, grand larceny and transferring stolen property for allegedly beating a man with a stick or club, stealing his property and selling it to another man. Kenneth Ray McDonald, Sr. was also charged with malicious wounding for beating the same man with a stick or club.
• Brandon Christopher Hernandez, with one count each of burglary, felony destruction of property, domestic assault and brandishing a firearm for allegedly breaking into an ex-girlfriend’s home, destroying her property and threatening her with a gun.
• Merle Stanley Johnson, with one count each of DUI causing death, negligent homicide, failure to maintain control of a vehicle and failure to drive on the right side of a highway for allegedly driving drunk and causing the death of James L. Fletcher II.
• Alexis Rios Conde, with three counts of robbery in the first degree for allegedly robbing a 7-Eleven, Sofia’s restaurant and an individual at gunpoint.
• Amanda Kaye Quevedo, with one count each of fleeing from an officer in a vehicle with reckless indifference and receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle for allegedly fleeing police in a stolen vehicle in 2010.
• George Allan Stillions, Kevin Timothy McDaniel and Tamitha Roshelle Simpson, with one count of burglary, one count of conspiracy, one count of grand larceny and one count of felony receiving or transferring stolen property for allegedly burglarizing a home in April. Sillions and Simpson were additionaly charged with one count of misdemeanor receiving or transferring stolen property each.
• Jennifer Erin Basal, with 27 counts each of forgery and uttering and one count of embezzlement for allegedly forging 27 checks totaling over $4,000. The checks were allegedly made out to herself and drew from the account of the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority.
• Therese Denise Epps, with four counts each of forgery, uttering and counterfeiting for allegedly forging four checks totaling over $7,000 that drew from the accounts of Jefferson Asphalt Company.
• John Neil Ennis, Sierra Leann Hernandez and Dallas Taylor Wines, with three counts of fraudulent use of an access device, one count each of grand larceny and one count of conspiracy for allegedly allegedly using a stolen credit card to make purchases at Sheetz.
• Timothy D. Stewart Jr., with one count of forgery and one count of driving while suspended for allegedly driving a motor vehicle on a public highway and then forging a name on a traffic citation when he was pulled over.
• Johnathan Eugene Shirley, with one count of daytime burglary, one count of grand larceny and one count of receiving or transferring stolen property for allegedly burglarizing a house in March.
• Randy Bailey, with two counts of grand larceny for allegedly stealing two cars.
• James Michael Dodson, Jeremy Allen Tasker, Jessica Lavelle Hamm and Ashlee Gray, with one count of burglary and one count of conspiracy for allegedly burglarizing a home in 2011.
• Nancy Lee Dougherty, Candy Waldron and Dustin Glen Johnson, with one count of entering without breaking of a dwelling, conspiracy and grand larceny for allegedly burglarizing a home in May.
• James Robert Walsh III, with one count of grand larceny and four counts of breaking and entering for allegedly stealing nearly a ton of jelly cable from Frontier Communications.
• Aimee Morganne Gorham, with two counts of forgery, two counts of uttering, one count of entering without breaking and one count of grand larceny for allegedly breaking into an H&R Block office, stealing personal property, and forging checks.
• Kevin Lee Longerbeam, with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance within one thousand feet of a school, one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and one count of child endangerment for allegedly selling marijuana and possessing hydrocodone near Wright Denny Elementary.
• Zachary Allen Rife, with one count each of burglary and transferring stolen property for allegedly burglarizing a home in March and then selling property stolen from it.
• Terry Lee Chamblin, with three counts of child neglect creating a serious risk of bodily injury, one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and one count of possession of a Schedule I substance. He was allegedly in possession of heroin and cocaine.
• Matthew Duane Jenkins, Joanna Renee Jenkins and Mark Todd Engle, with three counts of fraudulent use of an access device and three counts of conspiracy for allegedly attempting to use a stolen credit card number to purchase goods at a Dollar General store. Engle was also charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of conspiracy for conspiring with Beth Potts to sell suboxone. Potts was charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, one count of conspiracy and one count of child endangerment for allegedly selling heroin in the presence of a child.
• Charles Woodrow Longerbeam, with one count each of possession with intent to distribute a Schedule IV substance, delivery of a Schedule IV substance, possession of a Schedule I substance and possession of a Schedule III substance for allegedly possessing and selling Xanax, and possessing marijuana and hydrocodone.
• Roy Edward Jenkins and Michael Lee Johnson, with one count of failure to pay child support.
• Stephanie Kay Buffaloboy, with one count of third offense shoplifting.
• A Jefferson County man, with 15 counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person of trust and 13 counts of first degree sexual abuse.
• A Jefferson County man, with one count each of first degree sexual assault and sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person of trust.
Bringing an indictment is not a finding of guilt, but only the possibility that a crime has been committed. The purpose of an indictment is to inform an individual who has been accused of a charge against him so he can mount a defense.