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Area attorney sentenced to prison

May 14, 2013
The Inter-Mountain

A Belington attorney has been sentenced to federal prison for billing the state of West Virginia for services that she did not perform.

Lisa A. Weese, 43, was sentenced by Chief Judge John Preston Bailey to 12 months and 1 day imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld,

Weese entered a plea of guilty on Nov. 6, 2012 to mail fraud. From September 2006 to September 2011, Weese was a panel attorney in the Circuit Court of Barbour, Randolph, Tucker and Taylor counties. During this five-year period, Weese submitted fraudulent vouchers to West Virginia Public Defender Services claiming to have worked more than 24 hours on each of 48 days and more than 16 hours on an additional 168 days. The total amount of loss based on compensation paid to her for work she did not perform was $159,130.08.

Bailey is in the process of determining the precise amount of restitution that must be paid by Weese and will provide a separate order regarding that issue in the near future.

Weese, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated federal institution. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner and investigated by the West Virginia Commission on Special Investigations.

Also in federal court, eight individuals were recently sentenced in U.S. District Court in Elkins by Chief Judge John Preston Bailey, with seven of the sentencings related to the manufacture of methamphetamine.

According to U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, the following individuals appeared before Judge Bailey for sentencings:

Richard Wayne Weaver, age 38, of Horner, was sentenced to 135 months imprisonment to be followed by six years of supervised release. Weaver entered a plea of guilty on Sept. 18, 2012, to conspiracy to manufacture, possess with intent to distribute and distribute methamphetamine.

Weaver was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending designation to a federal institution. The case was investigated by the Upshur County Sheriff's Department, the Buckhannon Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Robert Allen Cook, age 49, of Moorefield, was sentenced to 78 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. Cook entered a plea of guilty on Nov. 30, 2012, to possession of material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine for conduct that occurred in January of 2012 in Hardy County.

Cook, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated federal institution. The case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police, the Hardy County Sheriff's Department and the Moorefield Police Department.

Andrew Carr, age 18, of Lahmansville, was sentenced to 48 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. Carr entered a plea of guilty on Dec.11, 2012, to possession of material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Carr, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated federal institution. This case was investigated by the Grant County Sheriff's Department, the West Virginia State Police-BCI and United States Forest Service/Homeland Security Investigations.

Steven B. Miller, a/k/a "Pasco," age 40, of Dryfork, was sentenced to 57 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release.

Miller entered a plea of guilty on Dec.11, 2012, to possession of material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Miller, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated federal institution. This case was investigated by the Randolph County Sheriff's Department, the West Virginia State Police-BCI and United States Forest Service/Homeland Security Investigations.

Paula Lynn Champ, age 30, of Purgitsville, was sentenced to 33 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release.

Champ entered a plea of guilty on Nov. 30, 2012, to possession of material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine for conduct that occurred in January of 2012, in Hardy County.

Champ, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated federal institution. The case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police, the Hardy County Sheriff's Department and the Moorefield Police Department.

Archie Ray Arbogast, age 36, of Durbin, was sentenced to five years probation, with the first six months being under home confinement.

Arbogast entered a plea of guilty on Dec. 11, 2012, to possession of material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. This case was investigated by the Randolph County Sheriff's Department, the West Virginia State Police-BCI and United States Forest Service/Homeland Security Investigations.

Kelley Leigh Cohenour, age 35, of Marlinton, was sentenced to five years probation.

Cohenour entered a plea of guilty on Feb. 7, 2013, to possession of material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. This case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police (Pocahontas County Detachment), the Pocahontas County Sheriff's Office and the Pocahontas County Community Corrections.

These cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen D. Warner.

Lawan Gaddy, age 24, of Lewis County, was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release.

Gaddy entered a plea of guilty on Dec.14, 2012, to providing a false statement to a federal firearms licensee in the acquisition of a firearm on Sept. 20, 2011.

Gaddy, was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending designation to a federal institution. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Weston Police Department.

 
 

 

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