Upshur County woman accused of stealing from disabled family member

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – West Virginia State Police have arrested a family member in Upshur County after the alleged theft of more than $23,000 through fraudulent bank transactions.

The investigation into theft from Kelcee Fortney’s 82-year-old grandmother with dementia began in December 2022.

Reports indicate Fortney, 26, was given access to her bank account to help pay bills but used that authority to transfer money from the account without permission for her own financial gain.

Detectives said Fortney acknowledged it was wrong to take the money and offered to pay it back. Fortney told investigators she used the money for drugs and other purposes.

The investigation into bank statements uncovered 355 transactions that totaled $23,314.72 between December 14, 2020, and February 12, 2022.

Fortney has been charged with 103 counts of computer fraud. She is being held at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $15,000 bond.