CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A former nursing home employee in West Virginia has been sentenced to one year and one month in federal prison in an embezzlement case.

Thirty-five-year-old Veneford Blankenship was sentenced last week for mail fraud in federal court in Charleston. She also was ordered to pay more than $81,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors say Blankenship was the business office supervisor at a Princeton nursing home and admitted to diverting residents’ payment checks into a bank account. She then wrote checks to herself, forging the signatures of two other individuals.

This version has corrected that the sentence was for a former nursing home employee.

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