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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 28, 2012

Harrison County Man Sentenced for Wire Fraud Violations

MARSHALL, Texas – A 33-year-old Marshall, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for wire fraud violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

John Michael McConnell pleaded guilty on Feb. 14, 2012, to wire fraud and was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap.  McConnell was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $230,119.

                According to information presented in court, from August 2010 to September 2010, McConnell engaged in a scheme to defraud MB Trading by making false material representations in an online application for a trading account and by emailing a fictitious bank statement to MB Trading.  McConnell was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 5, 2011 and charged with wire fraud.

               This case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.

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