Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 24, 2013

Former W.Va. food bank director charged with embezzlement

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. —

A former director of a West Virginia food bank has been arrested on charges of embezzling more than $23,000 from the charity.

Leigh Anne Zappin, 56, of Huntington, was arrested on a 17-count indictment returned by a Cabell County grand jury. It stemmed from an investigation by the West Virginia State Police. It alleges Zappin forged and uttered eight checks totaling $22,820.26 and stole $879.74 through means that weren’t specified.

The charges mark the third time Zappin has allegedly misappropriated funds from an employer. She was convicted of misdemeanor embezzlement for stealing $4,500 from a store between 2006-07.

Under the terms of her plea agreement, Zappin was required to perform community service and that led her to the food bank, which services 290 member agencies that assist the hungry in a 17-county area in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.

Although no criminal charges were filed in another case, Zappin was awarded a $61,897 civil judgment against her.

Zappin was lodged in the Western Regional Jail, according to the jail’s website.

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Details for this story were provided by The Independent in Ashland, Ky.

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