Former finance director of Huntington Tri-State Airport, Melissa Sue Hall, pleaded guilty to theft of federal funds after misappropriating nearly $49,500 from the airport. Included in the embezzled amount is the $10,000 federal funding received per year and deposited in the bank accounts of Tri-State Airport.

As WCHS ABC 8 had summarized in its report regarding the court documents of the case:

Melissa Sue Hall, 46, of South Point, Ohio, a former finance director at the airport, is accused of diverting nearly $49,500 from the airport’s ATMs and vending machines into her own account, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Hall admitted that between May 2020 and January 8, 2021, she stopped depositing the full amounts she collected from those machines into the airport’s bank accounts and also allegedly took money from those accounts intended for deposit in the ATMs. Hall pleaded guilty to theft from programs receiving federal funds and is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 15, 2022. She has agreed to pay restitution in the case and faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.