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NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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June 10, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

DC Resident Sentenced to More than 11 Years
Imprisonment on Drug Charges

Seven others appear for Pleas and Sentencings

 

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA - United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II
announced that the following individuals recently appeared in Federal Court in Martinsburg.

TERRENCE JOHNSON, age 37, was sentenced to 135 months imprisonment to be followed by four years of supervised release. JOHNSON was convicted on two counts of “Distribution of Cocaine Base,” one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute More than
28 Grams of Cocaine Base,” and one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin” March 8, 2013, following a three-day trial before Judge Gina M. Groh. JOHNSON, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul T. Camilletti and investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug & 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.

BRIAN CLIFTON JACKSON, age 38, of Washington, DC was sentenced to 84 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. JACKSON entered a plea of guilty on February 27, 2013,“Use of a Communication Facility to Facilitate the Distribution of Heroin.” JACKSON was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation toa Federal institution. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jarod Douglas and Stephen Warner and was investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug & 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.

CARLOS VINCENT RIVERA, age 43, of Martinsburg, was sentenced to 37 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. RIVERA entered a plea of guilty on February 25, 2013, to “Felon in Possession of a Firearm.” On June 21, 2012, RIVERA possessed a firearm despite having a prior felony convictions for possession of cocaine and aggravated robbery. RIVERA was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn A. Morgan and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Martinsburg Police Department.

ISMAIL OMARA, age 34, formerly of Wallingford, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 37 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. OMARA entered a plea of guilty on February 25, 2013, to “Bank Fraud.” Between March 16 and April 15,
2011, OMARA utilized a mobile telephone app that the USAA Federal Savings Bank offers to allow customers to make deposits from their mobile phone using scanner technology, to deposit ten checks totaling $27,530 from a bank account in which OMARA had nearly no money. After making the deposits to the USAA Federal Savings Bank account, OMARA immediately withdrew the funds via ATM withdrawals at casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Charles Town, West Virginia. As part of his plea, OMARA will make restitution to USAA for the total loss of $25,152.32. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr and was investigated by the United States Secret Service.

COREY HASSAN MITCHELL, age 42, of Falling Waters, West Virginia, was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. MITCHELL entered a plea of guilty on February 21, 2013, to “Distribution of Crack Cocaine.” MITCHELL was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul T. Camilletti and investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug & 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.

VAUGHAN J. HENRY, age 28, of Kearneysville, West Virginia, was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. HENRY enter a plea of guilty on February 25, 2013, to “Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine.” HENRY was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution. This case was prosecuted by First Assistant United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen and was investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug & 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.

PAULA S. HIGH, age 55, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced to 14 days imprisonment to be followed by one year of supervised release. HIGH enterer a plea of guilty on February 21, 2013, to “Acquiring, Obtaining, and Possessing Controlled Substances by Mispresentation, Fraud, Forgery and Deception,” on March 9, 2009. HIGH, while a Registered Nurse assigned to the ER of the Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Medical Center, in Martinsburg, acquired controlled substances using an account assigned and authorized to her through her employment. However, instead of administering the medication to a patient, HIGH kept the controlled substances for personal use. HIGH, who is on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew R. Cogar and investigated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs/Office of Inspector General.

DANIELLE OSTROWSKI JONES, age 23, of Pasadena, Maryland, entered a plea of guilty to “Knowing Possession of Stolen Firearms.” JONES, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul T. Camilletti and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

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