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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

Betsy C. Jividen
Acting UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist

 

January 13, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Six Sentenced on Various Federal Violations

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA -Six individuals were sentenced on January 8 and January 11, 2010, in United States District Court in Clarksburg by Judge Irene M. Keeley.

Acting United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that:

ANGELA CAIN, age 35, of Clarksburg was sentenced on January 8, 2010, to five months imprisonment to be followed by six years supervised release with the first five months on home detention. CAIN entered a plea of guilty on September 15, 2009, to one count of an Information charging her with the distribution of “crack” cocaine within 1,000 feet of the Monitcello Avenue Playground on October 2, 2008. CAIN is currently free on bond and will self-report to a designated federal institution. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn Angus Morgan. The case was investigated by the Harrison/Lewis County Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the Clarksburg Police Department, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, the Bridgeport Police Department, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

ANDRE GANEOUS, age 48, was sentenced on January 8, 2010, to 63 months imprisonment to run consecutive to his current sentence. GANEOUS was convicted at trial in September 2009 on charges contained in a two-count Indictment. Specifically, GANEOUS was convicted on one count of maiming and disfiguring another inmate by throwing a scalding liquid containing water and a caustic substance on the inmate on October 7, 2008, at UPS Hazelton; and one count of assault with a dangerous weapon with the intent to do bodily harm on October 7, 2008, at USP Hazelton. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David E. Godwin. The case was investigated by the Special Investigative Services at USP Hazelton and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

TERI ELAINE TRICKETT, also known as TERI ELAINE ZUSPAN, age 53, of Grafton, West Virginia, was sentenced on January 8, 2010, to 21 months imprisonment to be followed by three years supervised release and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $38,735.00. TRICKETT entered a plea of guilty on September 18, 2009, to one count of an Indictment charging her with devising a scheme to defraud a victim and to obtain money by false and fraudulent pretenses from January 23, 2009, to June 19, 2009, by developing a trust relationship with the victim by providing in-home care services to the victim. TRICKETT is currently free on bond and will self-report to a designated federal institution. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew R. Cogar. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.

SHAWN CASUCCIO, age 42, of Fairmont, West Virginia, was sentenced on January 11, 2010, to 38 months imprisonment to be followed by three years supervised release and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $649,886.95. CASUCCIO entered a plea of guilty on September 23, 2009, to a one-count Information charging him with wire fraud. Specifically, CASUCCIO conducted a Ponzi scheme from April 2004 to September 2008 in which he convinced six individuals to invest $761,122 in fraudulent loan agreements that guaranteed an unusually high fixed rate of return over a short period of time. As part of the scheme, CASUCCIO made numerous misrepresentations to the victims concerning, among other things, the nature of the purported investment, the risk of investing, and the use of the victims’ funds. CASUCCIO is currently free on bond and will self-report to a designated federal institution. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew R. Cogar. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

HOWARD ENGLISH, age 21, of Fairmont, was sentenced on January 11, 2010, to 46 months imprisonment to be followed by six years supervised release. ENGLISH entered a plea of guilty on September 25, 2009, to one count of an Indictment charging him with the distribution of “crack” cocaine within 1,000 feet of Windmill Park, Marion County, West Virginia, on December 8, 2008. ENGLISH is currently free on bond and will self-report to a designated federal institution. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Zelda E. Wesley. The case was investigated by the Three Rivers Drug Task Force, consisting of officers from the Fairmont Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.

STACY MARIE WOODS, age 40, of Fairmont, was sentenced on January 11, 2010, to five years probation. WOODS entered a plea of guilty in September 2009 to one count of an Indictment charging her with the distribution of “crack” cocaine on September 19, 2007, in Shinnston. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn Angus Morgan. The case was investigated by the Harrison/Lewis County Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, the Three Rivers Drug Task Force, the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives. This sentencing concludes the successful prosecution of 28 persons from McKeesport, Pennsylvania, and the Northern District of West Virginia for drug distribution and related firearms offenses committed between September 2007 and September 2008.


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