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June 24, 2011

Former Lewis County Resident Sentenced
on Mail Fraud and Identity Theft Charges

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA — A 25 year old former Lewis County, West Virginia, resident was sentenced on June 22, 2011, in United States District Court in Elkins by Chief Judge John Preston Bailey.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that JONATHAN EDWARD ACKERMAN was sentenced to 57 months imprisonment to be followed by three years supervised release. ACKERMAN entered guilty pleas on March 8, 2011, to two counts of an Indictment charging him with mail fraud and aggravated identity theft. Specifically, for the purpose of executing a scheme to obtain money, ACKERMAN caused a Barclays Visa Black card to be mailed to him by Federal Express on July 27, 2009, and used the name, birth date, and social security number of another person to obtain the card. As part of the plea, ACKERMAN stipulated to causing a loss of more than $120,000, which included six educational loans obtained fraudulently in Pennsylvania between August 2006 ad July 2007.

ACKERMAN was ordered to pay restitution as follows:

▸ $9,003.75 to Barclay’s Bank;

▸ $25,757.54 to HSBC Bank;

▸ $104,487.85 to the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency; and

▸ $56,696.42 to Sallie Mae.

ACKERMAN is in federal custody.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen D. Warner. The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the West Virginia State Police, the United States Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.

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