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Man pleads guilty to embezzling more than $45,000 from Mason County hospital

Federal prosecutors say Kevin L. Durst, 62, of Point Pleasant pleaded guilty Thursday to embezzling more than $45,000 from Pleasant Valley Hospital in Mason County. (MGN Online)

A man pleaded guilty Thursday to embezzling more than $45,000 from Pleasant Valley Hospital in Point Pleasant.

Kevin L. Durst, 62, of Point Pleasant faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 19, 2019, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of West Virginia.

Durst has agreed to pay restitution to the Hospital in the amount of $46,021.57 before he is sentenced.

Prosecutors said Durst admitted as a financial analyst at Pleasant Valley Hospital, he had access to the hospital’s online bank accounts and could initiate wire transfers on certain of those accounts.

Durst also admitted that he secretly wrote checks to benefit himself and to his family’s private cemetery from a hospital account that he knew was dormant and was not scrutinized by other hospital officials, prosecutors said.

He also admitted that he transferred funds from the hospital’s active accounts to the dormant account to ensure that there were abundant funds for his personal use.

The news release said Durst admitted that he initiated wire transfers to the Internal Revenue Service out of hospital accounts to make federal tax payments for his family’s cemetery.

The funds were embezzled between July 20, 2016, and Aug. 22, 2016.

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