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Trial date set for woman accused of embezzling

Oct. 16, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The former director of the Huntington Area Food Bank received a February 2014 trial date in a case that involves allegations that she embezzled thousands of dollars from the agency.

Leigh Ann Zappin appeared in court Tuesday with Charleston-based attorneys Michael Callaghan and Joshua Martin. Cabell Circuit Judge Alfred Ferguson and both sides agreed to a tentative trial date of Feb. 25, 2014, with a motions hearing set for November.

The 56-year-old from Huntington faces an indictment charging that she embezzled $23,700 from the Huntington Area Food Bank between Jan. 22, 2012, and Sept. 21, 2012, when she served as the agency's executive director. Zappin also faces eight related counts each of forgery and uttering.

Callaghan told the court their side has received significant evidence in the case. Based upon the amount of records and information the case concerns, Callaghan estimated trial may take three to four days.

The defense attorney also acknowledged having received a plea offer from the prosecution. He said it was under review and that further conversations would occur with prosecutors.

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. She remains on home confinement pending trial.

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