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High school counselor faces up to 120 years in prison for changing daughters' grades

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) - A mother who worked at a West Virginia high school is accused of fraud in a scheme where she allegedly faked her daughters' grades.  

On Wednesday, Sept. 19, Mellissa Krystynak, 49, of Stuart, Florida was indicted by a federal grand jury on six counts of mail fraud.

Krystynak was a counselor at the Greenbrier West High School in Beckley, West Virginia from 2011 to 2017. Two of her children attended the school while she was employed there.

According to the indictment, Krystynak used her administrator access to inflate 35 of her daughters' grades. One of her daughters applied for and was awarded $10,000 in financial scholarships during her senior year. The awards were based on the fraudulent report cards and transcripts.  The checks were being mailed to her daughter's college.

If convicted, Krystynak faces up to 20 years in prison for each count. She is facing six counts. She is set to appear on Oct. 3, 2018 in front of U.S. Magistrate Omar Aboulhosn.


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