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Hurricane Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding IOOF

Paul Richard Spurlock, 66, of Hurricane, pleaded guilty to bank fraud in federal court in Huntington on Monday, November 20th. Spurlock admitted to embezzling approximately $106,500 from the IOOF’s charitable care home by using his position as treasurer of the board ofd directors.

According to court documents and statements made in court, the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows – West Virginia had operated the Odd Fellows and Rebekah Home in Elkins beginning in the early 1900s. Over its history, the institution provided housing and care for orphans, widows, seniors and people with disabilities.

Spurlock had been the treasurer of the home’s board of directors for several years but lost his seat on the board in October of 2018. Spurlock admitted that he embezzled approximately $106,500 from the Odd Fellows Home between July 8, 2015 and January 22, 2019. Spurlock falsely told his wife, who was acting as the home’s bookkeeper, that the home’s board of directors had approved a loan for their family.

Spurlock admitted that as part of his scheme, he caused an unauthorized check for $4,000 from the Odd Fellows Home’s account to be issued to his wife on January 22, 2019, and to be deposited into their shared Huntington bank account. Spurlock further admitted that he signed at least 33 unauthorized Odd Fellows Home checks made payable to his wife and deposited into their joint account, and used an authorized signatory’s signature stamp on each check without his wife’s knowledge.

The Odd Fellows Home closed and then auctioned off in 2022 because of financial difficulties.

Spurlock is scheduled to be sentenced on March 18, 2024, and faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, five years of supervised release, and a $1 million fine. Spurlock also owes $106,500 in restitution.

United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan T. Storage is prosecuting the case.

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