Ruth Marie Phillips Charged with Theft of Federal Funds

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Former Employee of Huntington Non-Profit, Ruth Marie Phillips Charged with Theft of Federal Funds

Phillips allegedly converted over $4.7 million of organization’s funds

HUNTINGTON, W.V (STL.News) Acting United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston announced today the unsealing of a criminal complaint charging Ruth Marie Phillips, also known as Marie Phillips, 68, of Chesapeake, Ohio, with theft of federal funds from River Valley Child Development Services (“RVCDS”).  Phillips was arrested today and appeared in federal court in Huntington before United States Magistrate Judge Cheryl A. Eifert.

RVCDS is a non-profit organization located in Huntington.  RVCDS receives federal funding in excess of $10,000 in any one year and also receives state funding.  RVCDS provides programs, services and support to children, families and the early childhood community.

According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Phillips worked as the Director of Business and Finance at RVCDS from approximately December 1, 1986 to on or about September 1, 2020.  During this time, Phillips was responsible for all financial operations, including monitoring accounts receivable, creating and submitting invoices, reconciling bank accounts and issuing checks.  The criminal complaint alleges that on or about April 2, 2002, Phillips opened a BB&T bank account under the name RVCDS without permission from RVCDS. 

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