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Bond reduced in food bank case

Jan. 25, 2013 @ 03:23 PM

HUNTINGTON -- A judge reduced Leigh Anne Zappin's bond Thursday from $100,000 to $50,000 cash only.

An indictment charges her with embezzling $23,700 from the Huntington Area Food Bank. The alleged theft occurred between Jan. 22, 2012, and Sept. 21, 2012, when Zappin served as the agency's executive director. She also faces eight related counts each of forgery and uttering.

Zappin, 56, remained in the Western Regional Jail on Thursday afternoon. The judge ordered that she be monitored by home confinement if she is released. Her next court date is March 1.

Defense attorney Joseph Farrell and his client were pleased with the reduction, he said.

"I'll be meeting with my client and preparing to meet the charges," Farrell said.

Zappin started at the food bank as part of community service for a prior embezzlement conviction, which was one of two prior judgments that she took money from an employer.

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