Salem man accused of embezzling $9k from employer allegedly fakes death

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West Virginia State Police arrested a Salem man accused of stealing from his employer.

Bradley Kelley, 59, worked as a bookkeeper for Jackson Surveying when he took about $9,500 for personal use, police said.

Kelley’s boss saw several unauthorized charges, and once they confronted Kelley about it, he made excuses for not contacting the bank, police said. At one point, police said Kelley texted his boss, posing as his sister, and said that he had a heart attack in Ohio. An unsigned letter later sent to the company said Kelley had died, according to court documents.

Kelley is charged with embezzlement and is currently in the North Central Regional Jail.

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