UPDATE (March 5, 2020 10:19 a.m.):
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – 12 News has obtained the criminal complaints filed by West Virginia State Police against Tammy Marple. In them, state troopers detail the allegations against the former magistrate:
- On Aug. 28, 2018, Marple electronically transferred $8,444.56 from the checking account of Emmanuel Christian to make a credit card payment for her father.
- On Oct. 18, 2018, she made a similar transfer to again pay a credit card bill for her father in the amount of $5,760.
- On Oct. 21, 2018, she made another payment to her father’s account for $4,960.56.
- On July 22, 2019, Marple made another transfer to her father’s credit card account for $3,500.
- On July 26, 2019, she used a Sam’s Club MasterCard that belonged to the school to make a $1,200 payment for her granddaughter’s wedding photo package.
- On Aug. 3, 2019, Marple used the same school credit card to pay her AT&T mobile bill in the amount of $1,278.31.
- On Aug. 29, 2019, she made another payment to AT&T, with the school’s credit card, for $580.48.
- On Oct. 30, 2019, Marple again used the school’s card to again make an AT&T payment for $690.
- On Nov. 9, 2019, she made another AT&T payment for $755, again with the school’s card.
The amount of all nine incidents totals $27,168.91.
ORIGINAL STORY (March 4, 2020 5:28 p.m.):
Former Harrison County Magistrate Tammy Marple has been charged with nine counts of embezzlement.
According to a press release from West Virginia State Police, during an investigation, a trooper discovered that Marple used her position as treasurer at Emmanuel Christian School to convert school monies to her own use.
No further details on the situation were provided.
Marple’s attorney, Joe Shaffer, released a statement Wednesday about the criminal proceedings against Marple.
In the statement, Shaffer said “…Marple has cooperated with this investigation from the beginning and it is her intention to remain cooperative and forthright throughout this process.”
Shaffer added that the allegations have nothing to do with Marple’s service as a magistrate.
“We look forward to working…toward a speedy resolution of this matter, again, keeping the best interests of the school and its community as paramount,” said Shaffer.