Woman charged with felonies

ELKINS — A Marion County woman is charged with nearly a dozen felonies after allegedly using checks that did not belong to her.

Karen Marie Beam, 45, of Fairmont, is charged with 11 felony counts of uttering. She is free on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond, set by Randolph County Magistrate George “Mike” Riggleman.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, at approximately 6 p.m. on Sept. 21, Cpl. D.R. Wolford Jr., of the West Virginia State Police, was forwarded an uttering complaint from Cpl. K.A. Corley, also of the WVSP.

Affidavits given to Wolford showed that 31 checks had been forged or uttered from the alleged victim’s account, totaling $2,483.14.

On the same date, Wolford spoke with the alleged victim. He said Beam had been cleaning his residence and doing his laundry for roughly seven years at a rate of approximately $60 per visit. He added he began to notice checks coming up missing “here and there,” and recalled a previous instance where this had happened before while he was banking at Davis Trust Company, police said.

The alleged victim said Beam had stolen checks before but her parents repaid him and he did not pursue criminal charges, the complaint states. He said he began receiving overdraft fees on his Woodforest National Bank account but his ledger showed there was money in his account.

The alleged victim confronted Beam about the checks and she said she “cashed the checks and wouldn’t do it again,” the complaint stated.

Wolford examined the checks and determined they were passed between Aug. 5 and Sept. 6 at locations including Bobbie’s in Beverly, Kroger in Elkins, Shop ‘n Save in Elkins, Lynn’s Service Station in Elkins, Gino’s Pizzeria in Elkins, T-Mart in Elkins, M.S. Distributing in Elkins and Fast Break in Beverly.

Other checks were made payable to a female individual and cashed at Davis Trust Company, the complaint states.

On Sept. 22, Wolford met with an employee of Davis Trust Company. She advised Beam had cashed five checks at the bank made out to a female individual, later identified as her aunt. Wolford obtained surveillance footage from the bank that showed Beam completing the transactions, the complaint states.

∫ Brenda Lee Louk, 41, of Belington, is charged with one felony count of grand larceny. She is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $10,000 cash or surety bond, set by Riggleman.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, on Oct. 4, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office Senior Deputy M.P. Dyer responded to a reported theft at General Rental, along the Beverly Five-lane.

Dyer spoke with the owner who said a 2016 U-Haul had been stolen from his lot at approximately 1 p.m. He added the previous renters had returned it and left the keys inside it instead of placing them in the drop box, the complaint states.

At approximately 5:31 p.m. the same day, the vehicle was recovered by Elkins Police Department. Officers with EPD arrested Louk for possession of a stolen vehicle, police said. On Oct. 6, Dyer and Deputy A.B. Beverly, also of the RCSO, traveled to TVRJ and spoke with Louk.

She told officers she took the U-Haul and drove it to Beverly. After leaving Beverly she drove to Locust Avenue in Elkins, where she was apprehended, according to the complaint.

The owner of General Rental said she did not have permission to take the U-Haul and valued it at approximately $22,000, according to the complaint.