I'm sorry to hear that this has happened to you. Your ex-employee is indeed guilty of a crime, and that crime is Forgery. Forgery (also known as "uttering a false instrument") is a serious offense, punishable as a felony in all 50 states and by the federal government. Forgery involves the making, altering, use, or possession of a false writing in order to commit a fraud.
The West Virginia legal code specifically states that:
"(a) If any person forge any writing, other than such as is mentioned in the first and third sections of this article, to the prejudice of another's right, or utter or attempt to employ as true such forged writing, knowing it to be forged, he shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be confined in the penitentiary not less than one nor more than ten years, or, in the discretion of the court, be confined in jail not more than one year and be fined not exceeding five hundred dollars."
§61-4-5. Forging or uttering other writing; penalty; creation of unauthorized demand draft.
My recommendation is to take whatever evidence you have and go down to your local police station to file a report. The police should open an investigation and hopefully make an arrest of this individual, and your case should be brought to court.
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