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William J. Ihlenfeld, II

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September 9, 2011


Grand Jury Indicts Three Individuals

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA - Three individuals were named in two Indictments returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Clarksburg, West Virginia, this week:

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

❶BARTON JOSEPH ADAMS, age 59, and JOSEPHINE ARTILLAGA ADAMS, age 49, were named in a 16-count Indictment. Count One charges the Defendants with conspiracy to obstruct, influence and impede an official proceeding from August of 2007 to September of 2011, by opening false corporations and foreign bank accounts for the purpose of laundering health care fraud proceeds to prevent and attempt to prevent the forfeiture of criminally derived proceeds. Count Two charges the Defendants with conspiracy to influence, obstruct and impede the due administration of justice and endeavor to do so from October 13, 2008, to September of 2011, by engaging in money laundering practices by hiding, transferring, dissipating and unlawfully using criminal derived proceeds to prevent and attempt to prevent their forfeiture. Counts Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen and Fifteen charge the Defendants with obstructing justice during the conspiracy charged in Count One by transferring money to foreign banks. Counts Fourteen and Sixteen charge the Defendants with endeavoring to obstruct justice during the conspiracy charged in Count Two by attempting to prevent the forfeiture of criminal derived proceeds by negotiating checks issued by HSBC Bank Hong Kong.

If convicted, the Defendants face a maximum exposure of 5 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on Counts One and Two; 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on each of Counts Three thru Thirteen and Count Fifteen; and, 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on Counts Fourteen and Sixteen.

This case will be prosecuted by United States Attorney Ihlenfeld and Assistant United States Attorney Michael D. Stein. The case will be tried in Wheeling before Chief Judge John Preston Bailey. PRESS RELEASE

❷ CARL B. CHAIN, age 42, was named in a one-count Indictment charging him with failure to update registration as a sex offender from April of 2001 to July of 2011 in Hancock County, West Virginia. CHAIN was a person required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act traveled in interstate commerce from West Virginia to Ohio and knowingly failed to register and update his sex offender registration. If convicted, CHAIN 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.

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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