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Man allegedly embezzles $100,000

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A St. Clairsville man is facing felony embezzlement charges in West Virginia for allegedly stealing $100,000 from a nonprofit health care center.

Brian K. Crist, 50, was the CEO of Lincoln County Primary Care Center Inc. from 2001-18, and West Virginia law enforcement officials contend that he ran a variety of schemes to defraud the business for his own personal gain throughout his 17-year tenure.

Crist allegedly used a company credit card for personal purchases that included home improvement items such as rocking chairs, a decorative sink and power tools, band equipment and Orioles baseball memorabilia and baseball equipment.

He also allegedly had employees perform renovation work on his home in Lincoln County. The Lincoln County Prosecutor’s Office contends Crist falsified time sheets and tax returns to cover up his alleged crimes as well as using computer networks.

According to West Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. S.E. Wolfe, Crist was charged July 16 then turned himself in to police and was arraigned in magistrate court and released on a $40,000 bond.

Wolfe said he Crist was represented by a private attorney.

According to Wolfe, Crist maintained a home in Lincoln County then moved to St. Clairsville as the investigation was underway. Wolfe said Crist did not have a criminal record in Ohio.

He was charged with felony counts of embezzlement, falsifying accounts, obtaining money by false pretenses and computer fraud. Each charge carries a potential sentence of one to 10 years for a guilty verdict.

He is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing in West Virginia on Tuesday.

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