Cases on Whitesville State Bank

Cases on Whitesville State Bank

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Since: May 12

Charleston, WV

#1 Sep 19, 2012
CHARLESTON - Insurance checks with forged signatures are behind a Boone County woman's lawsuit against her estranged husband.

Stella Bias filed the suit last month in Kanawha Circuit Court , listing Emory Bias, Whitesville State Bank, Roger Goff & Associates Insurance Inc. and Erie Insurance Company as defendants.

The suit says the couple's home in Peytona caught fire on Dec. 15, 2002. The couple separated a week later, the suit says.

After that, Stella Bias claims Emory Bias began forging or having someone else forge her signature to various documents.

She claims he did so on a state Division of Motor Vehicles Notice of Change in Dealership when he changed the name of Racine Used Cars to Bias Used Cars. She claims he took her driver's license to Whitesville State Bank and employee Toni Coon notarize the document without witnessing Stella Bias sign it.

She also says that on Jan. 8, 2004, Emory Bias had her name removed from a homeowners policy through Goff Insurance and that the change was accepted without proper documentation.

As a result of the house fire, Stella Bias claims Erie issued checks to Emory Bias in the amounts of $1,000 and $4,50 for contractors to remove debris. Two more checks from Erie in the amounts of $10,000 and $31,209.46 were written for personal property.

Stella Bias says she was given none of these funds.

She claims another check issued by Erie to Bank One, Emory Bias and Stella Bias was to pay off the loan on the home. She says he again forged or had forged her signature.

She says three other checks from Erie - for $277,$5,000 and $34,212.26 - were issued to both Emory and Stella Bias. But again, she says he forged her signature and cashed them at Whitesville State Bank. Additionally, Stella Bias says Emory Bias cashed a tax return check for $4,514 issued to both of them with a forged signature at the bank.

In the suit, filed by attorney Anne E. Shaffer, Stella Bias sues on the counts of forgery, conversion, fraud, breach of contract, bad faith, negligence and violation of statute.

She seeks compensatory damages, punitive damages against Emory Bias for annoyance and inconvenience, attorney fees, court costs and other relief.

WHITESVILLE, W.Va.(AP)- A branch manager of a Boone County bank is accused of embezzling nearly half a million dollars.

An information filed Monday in federal court alleges that Karyn Lee Burton misappropriated $495,670 from June of 2000 and December of 2005 while working for Whitesville State Bank.

An information is different from an indictment in that it generally indicates a defendant has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

The filing says that Burton was an assistant auditor at the bank's Whitesville headquarters for the first half of the alleged scheme and later worked as branch manager of the bank's Comfort branch.

The filing contained no specifics about how the alleged embezzlement was carried out.

Now Whitesville State Bank is being sued for fraudulent conduct among other accounts such as unconscionable inducement to refinance, breach of contract, illegal return of payments, misrepresentations in debt collections, and unreasonable publications. These actions will be taken in the Circuit Court of Boone County
, West Virginia. How can the people of Boone County accept a bank that commits such illegal activites. This is not the "Best damn bank in the Country" as Kevin Miliam stated. Legal actions have already been filed in the Court House in Madison, WV. Feel free to grab yourself a copy. His wife had cancer as welll and at that time they pushed forward with the foreclosure, she died from all the stress of Whitesville Bank trying to take her home illegally.

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