OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
Betsy C. Jividen
Acting UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist
November 4, 20009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Linn Resident Entered Guilty Plea
to Embezzling Social Security Payments
CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — A 51 year old Linn, West Virginia, resident entered a plea of guilty on November 2, 2009, in United States District Court in Clarksburg before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull.
Acting United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that BRIAN KEITH POWERS entered a plea of guilty to a one-count Indictment charging him with embezzling $18,037.09 of Social Security payments to which he was not entitled from a bank account of a deceased individual for which he was a joint account holder from January 11, 2005, to January 24, 2007.
POWERS, who is currently free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.
As part of his plea agreement, POWERS agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $18,037.09.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn Angus Morgan. The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration – Office of Inspector General and the United States Secret Service.
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