By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian
Robert Dale Riggs Jr., the former Grant Town mayor who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $9,000 from that community’s volunteer fire department, was sentenced to three to 30 years in the state penitentiary Monday.
Marion County Circuit Judge David R. Janes then reduced that to three years’ probation. Riggs’ probation began immediately after the sentencing.
He will also begin serving 30 days in the North Central Regional Jail within the next 30 days.
Riggs was arrested in November 2011 and charged with three counts of felony embezzlement, four counts of forgery and four counts of uttering.
Four checks totaling $9,310 were written to “cash” between April 29 and Aug. 26, 2011. The State Police investigation confirmed that Riggs cashed each check at First Exchange Bank branches in Marion County.
In a plea bargain, charges were reduced to one each of forgery, uttering and embezzlement.
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