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March 16, 2011

Two Enter Guilty Pleas to Identity Theft and Drug Charges

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA — Two individuals entered guilty pleas on March 8, 2011, in United States District Court in Elkins before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that:

JONATHAN EDWARD ACKERMAN, age 25, entered guilty pleas to two counts of an Indictment charging him with mail fraud and aggravated identity theft. 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, who is in custody, faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on the mail fraud count and a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on the aggravated identity theft charge. The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the West Virginia State Police.

JAMES EVERETT HOVIS, age 25, entered a plea of guilty to one count of an Indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute and to manufacture more than five grams of methamphetamine from June 2010 to July 27, 2010, in Lewis County. HOVIS, who is in custody, faces a maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000. The case was investigated by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen D. Warner.

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