CHARLES TOWN - The owner of a Monongalia County business has filed a lawsuit against people who used to work for him, claiming they are guilty of felony embezzlement.

David Shane, owner of AAA 5% Bail Bonds, filed a suit March 2 in Jefferson Circuit Court, against Richard and Erika French.

The Frenchs were both employees of AAA 5% Bail Bonds until they were fired. They are currently charged with felony embezzlement from AAA 5% Bail Bonds in violation of West Virginia Code.

The suit says the Frenchs converted to their own use bonds of AAA 5% Bail Bonds with a fee value of $300,000.

A large portion of the funds was to for major renovations on property in Jefferson County.

The suit says Richard and Erika French conspired to use profits diverted from AAA 5% Bail Bonds in various other business endeavors, including pawn shops.

Shane seeks judgment on his behalf awarding him monetary damages for his loss of business income and court costs.

Dr. J. Mack Cavendish is representing Shane.

Jefferson Circuit Court 07-C-64

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