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EMS director arrested

By: Cheryl Glassford Email
By: Cheryl Glassford Email

Nearly a year ago, an accountant was accused of stealing from the Bath County Ambulance Service, and now the county's e.m.s. director is facing the same charges.

The investigation began last October, with the arrest of 36 year-old Angel Masterson.

She had been working for this CPA office in Morehead, where authorities say it was discovered she'd stolen more than $50,000 from the Ambulance Service while handling their payroll.

Authorities say she would make up a name of a fake employee, and 'pay' that employee a certain amount, which would be directly deposited into her own account.

Masterson pled guilty last Friday.

Also last week, a new tip came in - one that re-opened the investigation.

"I received information that they thought there was more money missing," said Morehead Police Detective Matt Salley.

Investigators say bank records show Masterson was not only paying herself, she was over-paying EMS Director Donna Jamison.

"Every day that that fake employee got paid, Miss Jamison also got paid," said Salley.

Police say over the course of several months, Jamison stole more than $22,000 with Masterson's help.

Jamison is charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking over $10,000, and more charges are now expected for Masterson.

The EMS Board released this statement:
"The situation is under investigation therefore we will have no further comment except that the citizens of Bath County will continue to receive the same high quality of emergency care as always."

Jamison is currently out on bond. Her arraignment is set for September 20th.

Masterson's sentencing is scheduled for September 17th.

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