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Ex-worker at West Virginia college admits $1m theft

WELLSBURG (AP) — A former employee of Bethany College admits she stole more than $1 million from her employer, and she says she did it to pay off two people who threatened to tell her husband she had been unfaithful.

Shelly Lough made the admission Friday in Brooke County Circuit Court. She pleaded guilty to two counts of felony embezzlement and falsifying accounts at Bethany, a small liberal arts college. She worked at the college as a cashier between July 2011 and May 2013.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register says Lough told police she was being blackmailed by two people who demanded the payments in exchange for keeping silent about her extra-marital affair.

One of the two has been charged with extortion.

Lough is scheduled to be sentenced April 8.

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