Police say manager used employee’s debit card without permission

BUCKHANNON — A shift manager allegedly took an employee’s debit card and used it to purchase items without permission.

McKenley R. Lindsay, of Weston, 24, was arrested for two counts of fraudulent use of an access device, a felony.

Cpl. M. Denison of the Weston detachment of the West Virginia State Police stated in the criminal complaint that Lindsay used a stolen credit or debit card to purchase $20.68 of items from the Buckhannon Sheetz on Jan. 16. On the same day, Lindsay also allegedly used the card at Buckhannon Walmart to purchase $126 worth of merchandise.

The card has allegedly been stolen from the victim’s purse at the Lewis County Burger King. Lindsay was the shift manager of the victim, according to the criminal complaint.

Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $30,000 cash or surety.

If convicted, Lindsay faces a fine up to $10,000 or confinement in the penitentiary for not less than 10 years, or both.

In federal court news, two Upshur County residents have admitted their roles in a methamphetamine distribution operation, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Powell’s office.

Amanda Mae Bachman, also known as AB, age 33, and Steven Larry Harper, also known as “Skip,” age 40, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Bachman and Harper admitted to conspiring with others to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine in Upshur County and elsewhere from March 2016 to September 2017.

U.S. Magistrate judge Michael Aloi presided over the plea hearings.

Bachman and Harper each face up to life incarceration and a fine of up to $10 million. Under the federal sentencing guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner is prosecuting the case. The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives, The Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, the Greater Harrison Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, the West Virginia State Police, Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, Lewis County Sheriff’s Department,  Buckhannon Police Department and the Weston Police Department investigated.

The investigation was funded by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program which supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

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