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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

Betsy C. Jividen
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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May 4, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

Grand Jury Indicts Six Individuals

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA - Six individuals were named in five Indictments returned today (May 4, 2010), by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that:

❶DARRELL MCHONEY, age 40, of Fairmont, West Virginia, was named in a three-count Indictment. Count One charges MCHONEY with the possession with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana on March 26, 2010, in Fairmont. Count Two charges MCHONEY with possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug-trafficking crime on March 26, 2010. Count Three charges MCHONEY with possession of firearms on March 26, 2010, after having previously been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year. The Indictment also contains a Forfeiture Allegation wherein the United States seeks to forfeit three firearms from MCHONEY. If convicted, MCHONEY faces a maximum exposure of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000 on the drug charge; 5 years to life imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on Count Two and 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on Count Three. This case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr and was investigated by the Three Rivers Drug Task Force, consisting of officers from the Fairmont Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.

❷FERNANDO BUSTROS-FLORES a/k/a ARMANDO GOMEZ MILLIAN, age 36 of Purcellville, Virginia, was named in a two-count Indictment. Count One charges BUSTROS-FLORES with the distribution of cocaine on April 5, 2010, in Jefferson County, West Virginia. Count Two charges BUSTROS-FLORES with the possession with intent to distribute cocaine on April 6, 2010, in Jefferson County. If convicted, BUSTROS-FLORES faces a maximum exposure of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000 on each count. This case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Erin Reisenweber and was investigated by the
Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force consisting of officers from the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Martinsburg Police Department, and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department. NEWS RELEASE

❸AARON THOMAS, age 39, was named in a two-count Indictment. Count One charges that THOMAS forcibly resisted and opposed a corrections officer at USP Hazelton on January 26, 2010. Count Two charges that THOMAS forcibly assaulted a corrections officer at USP Hazelton, inflicting bodily injury, on January 26, 2010. If convicted, GORE faces a maximum exposure of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on each of Counts One and Two. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sherry L. Muncy and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Investigative Services at USP Hazelton.

❹DEAN EDWARD WHITMAN, JR., age 56 and an inmate at FCI Morgantown and SANDRA THOMPSON, age 53, of Madison Ohio, were named in a one-count Indictment charging them with aiding and abetting each other in the escape of WHITMAN from FCI Morgantown on April 15, 2010. If convicted, WHITMAN and THOMPSON face a maximum exposure of 5 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sherry L. Muncy and was investigated by the United States Marshals Service.

❺GENELLE MYRTLE SCHOOLCRAFT, age 34, of Grantsville, West Virginia, was named in a one-count Indictment charging her with failure to report her marriage to the Social Security Administration with the intent to fraudulent security payment of approximately $45,534 to which she was not entitled. If convicted, SCHOOLCRAFT faces a maximum exposure of 5 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn A. Morgan and was investigated by the United States Social Security Administration-Office of Inspector General.

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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