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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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March 18, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

Grand Jury Indicts Five Individuals

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - Five individuals were named in five Indictments returned on March 16 and 17, 2010, by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

Acting United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that:

❶PENNY RENAE YOUNG, age 40, of Inwood, West Virginia, was named in a two-count Indictment. YOUNG is charged in Count One with unauthorized use of an access device from July 28, 2005, to July 27, 2006, by knowingly using a Pitney Bowes Visa Credit Card, not belonging to her, to make purchases in excess of $1,000 and in Count Two with unauthorized use of an access device from July 28, 2006, to July 27, 2008, by knowingly using a Pitney Bowes Visa Credit Card, not belonging to her, to make purchases in excess of $1,000. If convicted, YOUNG faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on each count. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul T. Camilletti and was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service.

➋BRADLEY SCOTT TURNER, age 28, of Upper Tract, West Virginia, was named in a three-count Indictment. TURNER is charged in Count One with the possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; in Count Two with the possession with intent to distribute xanax; and, in Count Three with possession with intent to distribute klonopin, all on January 11, 2010, in Petersburg, West Virginia. If convicted, TURNER faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000 on each count. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas O. Mucklow and was investigated by the West Virginia State Police-Petersburg Detachment.

❸MICHAEL EUGENE WASHINGTON, age 43, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was named in a one-count Indictment. WASHINGTON is charged with failure to register as a sex offender between March 16, 2008, and March 5, 2010, in the Northern District of West Virginia. If convicted, WASHINGTON faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Erin K. Reisenweber and was investigated by the United States Marshals Service.

❹DELFINO ZUNIGA-ORTIZ was named in a one-count Indictment. ZUNIGA-ORTIZ is charged with the reentry into the United States on January 25, 2010, without the consent of the Secretary of Homeland Security nor the Attorney General of the United States to reapply for admission to the United States, after having been deported on October 23, 2008. If convicted, ZUNIGA-ORTIZ faces a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Erin K. Reisenweber and was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

❺JORGE PATRICIO-PATRICIO was named in a one-count Indictment. PATRICIO-PATRICIO is charged with the reentry into the United States on January 25, 2010, without the consent of the Secretary of Homeland Security nor the Attorney General of the United States to reapply for admission to the United States, after having been deported on July 30, 2007. If convicted, PATRICO-PATRICIO faces a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Erin K. Reisenweber and was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

It should be noted that the charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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