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Man pleads guilty to embezzling more than $178,000 from Teays Valley VFD

Federal prosecutors say Clifford Keith Gwinn, 64, pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling more than $178,000 from the Teays Valley Volunteer Fire Department and a related tax crime. (MGN Online)

Federal prosecutors said a Hurricane man and former West Virginia cabinet secretary pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling more than $178,000 from the Teays Valley Volunteer Fire Department and a related tax crime.

Clifford Keith Gwinn, 64, formerly the cabinet secretary of the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance, faces up to 15 years in prison, a $500,000 fine, three years of supervised release and a $200 special assessment when he is sentenced on Sept. 17, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Southern District of West Virginia.

Gwinn, the former vice president and fiscal officer of the fire department, has agreed to pay restitution to the fire department in the amount of $178,790 and to the Internal Revenue Service in the amount of $68,281.

Meanwhile, in a related prosecution, but separate embezzlement scheme, Gwinn’s wife, Kathy Sue Gwinn, 52, was sentenced Monday for embezzling more than $75,000 from the Teays Valley Volunteer Fire Department.

Kathy Gwinn was ordered to jail for a weekend a month for five months, 10 months home confinement, three years supervised release, plus probation. She formerly served as the treasurer of the Teays Valley Volunteer Fire Department.

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