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That is not true. He has committed forgery, which is usually punishable as a felony in West Virginia and he can face two to ten years in prison for some cases, but for this type of case, the judge has the discretion to impose a lesser penalty of up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $500, or both (W. Va. Ann. Code §§ 61-4-1, -2, -4, & -5.). Your previous employee may also be guilty of embezzlement. Embezzlement is a theft that occurs when someone is entrusted to manage someone else's money or property, steals the money for his personal gain. In West Virginia, embezzlement is punished according to the value or type of property stolen. (W.V. Ann. Code § 61-3-13.). You need to file a police report immediately and contact your local prosecutor's office for help. He should not be able to get away with this. I hope this helps. If you have any other questions, please let me know.
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