OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist
November 2, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Grand Jury Indicts Three Individuals
CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA - Three individuals were named in three Indictments returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Clarksburg, West Virginia, on November 1, 2011.
United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that:
LENA LUNSFORD, age 29, of Weston, West Virginia, was named in a six-count Indictment. Count One charges LUNSFORD with conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States by defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP] (formerly known as Food Stamp Program). In furtherance of the conspiracy LUNSFORD would have other individuals redeem approximately $100 in SNAP benefits for merchandise and these individuals would then give $50.00 in cash to LUNSFORD in return. Counts Two, Three, Five and Six charge LUNSFORD with knowingly selling portions of her SNAP benefits valued in an amount in excess of $100.00. Count Four charges LUNSFORD with knowingly selling portions of her SNAP benefits valued in an amount less than $100.00. If convicted, LUNSFORD faces a maximum exposure of 5 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on the conspiracy charge; 5 years imprisonment and a fine of $10,000 as to Counts Two, Three, Five and Six; and, 1 year imprisonment and a fine of $1,000 as to Count Four. The Indictment also contains a Forfeiture Allegation wherein the United States seeks to forfeit any monies obtained by LUNSFORD in the sale of the SNAP benefits or any traceable proceeds. This case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn A. Morgan and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
ROBERT DALE RHODES, age 48, was named in a one-count Indictment charging him with failure to update registration as a sex offender from March of 2011 to October of 2011, in Morgantown, Monongalia County, West Virginia. RHODES was a person required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act knowingly failed to register and update his sex offender registration. If convicted, RHODES faces a maximum exposure of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. This case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David J. Perri and was investigated by the United States Marshals Service.
JOSE DE JESUS MEDRANO-ZACARIAS, age 31, a native of Mexico, was named in a one-count Indictment charging him with illegal reentry into the United States in October 21, 2011, 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 September 4, 2009. If convicted, MEDRANO-ZACARIAS faces a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. This case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr and was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
It should be noted that the charges contained in the above-referenced Indictments are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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