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UPDATED: In documents obtained by the Coal Valley News on April 28, 2021, the charge against Renda Lou Cole was dropped on April 22, 2021 and the case was dismissed.

The Motion Request Document states that "The defendant provided proof that funds were not taken." There were no objections from the state (prosecutor) in the case, according to the document.

Original Story

BOONE COUNTY — A Logan County woman was arrested and charged after officers questioned her about funds related to a check that was written on her brother’s checking account in the amount of $2,347.

The victim resided in Boone County at the time of the complaint.

Renda Lou Cole, 57, was charged with financial exploitation of an elderly person, according to a criminal complaint prepared by West Virginia State Trooper E.M. Shafer and Sgt. C.R. Sutphin.

While the accused was interviewed by troopers on Jan. 26, 2020, the report states that the complaint was filed in Boone County Magistrate Court on March 29, 2021.

According to the report, the WVSP received a complaint regarding financial exploitation. Troopers spoke to the daughter of the victim, who produced bank records to investigators and said that the signature on the check belonged to the victim’s sister, the accused.

The complaint states that in that interview conducted on Jan. 26, 2020, by investigators, the accused confirmed that she did write the check in the amount of $2,347 from the victim’s account and that she was fearful that the nursing home where the victim was staying would directly withdraw from his account.

The report further states that the victim communicated in the same interview that she deposited the money back into the victim’s account, but officers were unable to find a record for that deposit in the victim’s bank records.

As of print time, Cole was not held in Southwestern Regional Jail and bond-related information was not available.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at pperry@hdmediallc.com or at 304-307-2401.

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