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Woman charged with embezzling $16K from Upshur Special Olympics

BUCKHANNON — The former director of Upshur County Special Olympics has been charged with embezzling more than $16,000 from the organization.

Charliena Jane Helmick Gilmore, 43, of Buckhannon, is facing a felony embezzlement charge. A $50,000 cash or surety bond was set by Upshur County Magistrate Kay Hurst.

The alleged embezzlement took place between December 2015 and February of this year, and totaled $16,662.79, according to the criminal complaint, prepared by Lt. Mark Davis of the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department.

The embezzled money was converted to Gilmore’s own use, the complaint alleges.

“Documentation was made on the memo line of the checks by (Gilmore) showing items purchased and used for Special Olympics Upshur County which they never received,” the complaint states. “This was done to cover up the financial report.”

Gilmore resigned from her position as director in March, and Gilmore’s mother resigned as the assistant director of Upshur County Special Olympics on Friday, a release stated.

Attorney Daya Wright, representing Upshur County Special Olympics, reportedly said Gilmore paid the full amount back to the organization before her arrest, according to print reports.

On her Facebook page, Gilmore posted the following: “A few years ago during a very dark part of my life, I made some poor decisions for which I apologize. These decisions have caused my life to fall apart. I have since corrected my actions. Each day is a struggle. I try to face each day knowing it is a new day with new possibilities. One day I will get past this. For now I thank my family and friends for sticking by me and knowing mistakes happen. I hope this is a lesson that all decisions have consequences and life will go on.”

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