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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 13, 2013

Belington Attorney Sentenced To Prison For Defrauding State Public Defender Services

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ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA - A 43 year old Belington attorney was recently sentenced to federal prison for billing the State of West Virginia for services that she did not perform.

According to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, attorney LISA A. WEESE was sentenced by Chief Judge John Preston Bailey to 12 months and 1 day imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release.

WEESE entered a plea of guilty on November 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 the forty-eight days and more than 16 hours on an additional one hundred and sixty-eight days. The total amount of loss based on compensation paid to her for work she did not perform was $159,130.08. Judge 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 United States Attorney Stephen D. Warner and
investigated by the West Virginia Commission on Special Investigations.

Updated January 7, 2015