- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - A Moundsville woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for her role in extorting more than $1 million from a former Bethany College employee.

The government says 27-year-old Rachaelle Marie Weese entered her plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Wheeling.

Weese and her husband Jason Weese extorted the money from a Bethany College employee who was embezzling money from the school. Jason Weese traded sexually explicit text messages and photographs with the woman, and then threatened to disclose her theft as well as the sexually explicit exchanges.

With the money they extorted, the Weese’s bought vehicles, jewelry and drugs.

Jason Weese was sentenced last year to more than five years in prison for his role in the conspiracy.

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