Former sheriff of Barbour County, WV, sentenced to 4 years in fe - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

Former sheriff of Barbour County, WV, sentenced to 4 years in federal prison for mail fraud

Posted: Updated:
  • LawMore>>

  • Lena Lunsford arrested in connection with her toddler Aliayah's 2011 disappearance

    Lena Lunsford arrested in connection with her toddler Aliayah's 2011 disappearance

    Thursday, November 3 2016 3:25 PM EDT2016-11-03 19:25:13 GMT

    Lena Lunsford was taken into custody by authorities in Pinellas County, Fla., where she is awaiting extradition on a charge of death of a child by a parent by child abuse,  Lewis County, WV, Sheriff Adam Gissy told The Exponent Telegram.

    Lena Lunsford was taken into custody by authorities in Pinellas County, Fla., where she is awaiting extradition on a charge of death of a child by a parent by child abuse,  Lewis County, WV, Sheriff Adam Gissy told The Exponent Telegram.

  • Greenbrier County, WV, business owner admits pocketing money intended to pay employment taxes

    Greenbrier County, WV, business owner admits pocketing money intended to pay employment taxes

    Thursday, November 3 2016 1:59 PM EDT2016-11-03 17:59:28 GMT
    CHLOE DAWSON/ The State JournalCHLOE DAWSON/ The State Journal

    Brandon J. Black, 32, of Rainelle, WV, owned and operated a private security business in Lewisburg that provided services to businesses and individuals throughout West Virginia.

    Brandon J. Black, 32, of Rainelle, WV, owned and operated a private security business in Lewisburg that provided services to businesses and individuals throughout West Virginia.

  • Inmate at federal prison in Glenville, WV, admits assaulting CO

    Inmate at federal prison in Glenville, WV, admits assaulting CO

    Wednesday, September 28 2016 9:53 AM EDT2016-09-28 13:53:20 GMT
    CHLOE DAWSON/ The State JournalCHLOE DAWSON/ The State Journal

    U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said Robert Fleming, 30, intended to harm the correctional officer in the June 2014 assault.

    U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said Robert Fleming, 30, intended to harm the correctional officer in the June 2014 assault.

John Hawkins, the former sheriff of Barbour County who admitted to staging an auto accident for the insurance money, is going to spend a year and one day behind bars.

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey said he imposed a sentence above the advisory sentencing guideline range because Hawkins betrayed the trust of the citizens of Barbour County.

Hawkins, 48, of Philippi resigned from office four months ago when he pleaded guilty in federal court to mail fraud , U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said.

He will self-report to prison in July.

Hawkins told the court he staged an accident in April 2013, then conspired to fabricate a report that he submitted to Nationwide Insurance Co. so his claim would be approved. He admitted he used the U.S. Mail to submit the fraudulent claim, in the amount of $8,262.65, which he received last year..

As part of his plea deal Hawkins also make full restitution.

Ihlenfeld and Assistant U.S. Attorney John C. Parr prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. It was investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Public Corruption Unit. Agents, with officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the West Virginia State Police leading the inquiry into Hawkins. Assistance was provided by the West Virginia Insurance Commission, Fraud Investigations Division.

Powered by Frankly