Search warrant executed at former Kanawha Co. magistrate’s home

By Kyla Asbury | Oct 18, 2017

CHARLESTON – A search warrant was executed on former Kanawha Magistrate Julie Yeager’s home on Oct. 17.

The search warrants were executed at Yeager’s home in Dunbar in connection with the investigation into alleged embezzlement from the West Virginia Magistrates Association when Yeager was serving as treasurer.

Investigators will analyze financial records, cell phone records and other records that were found during the search.

No criminal charges have been filed in connection with the alleged embezzlement.


On Sept. 13, Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Keller was appointed as special prosecutor in the investigation.

Yeager was accused in July of stealing money from WVMA. On Aug. 22, Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey ruled that a special prosecutor should be over the case, after deciding that Kanawha Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Miller could not be involved.

Yeager abruptly resigned in July after a complaint was filed alleging she embezzled from the WVMA.

State Supreme Court Administrator Gary Johnson filed a complaint accusing Yeager of stealing at least $14,000 from the WVMA. Yeager resigned the following day.

Yeager had been a Kanawha magistrate since 2004 and had not been the subject of judicial discipline before now, according to a report from the Judicial Disciplinary Counsel.

Angela Perdue was appointed to Yeager’s seat and will serve through 2018.

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