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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 21, 2014

Additional Indictments Returned By Federal Grand Jury


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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced additional indictments that were recently returned by the Federal Grand Jury.

Ihlenfeld announced that Andrew W. BOLYARD, age 22, of Morgantown, West Virginia, and Ranad Jamal STRAUGHTER, of Westland, Michigan, were named in a two-count Indictment charging them each with “Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone” and “Possession with Intent to Distribute Oxycodone.” BOLYARD and STRAUGHTER face up to 20 years in prison on each of the charges. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is also seeking to forfeit $6,906 which was seized on March 17, 2014. This case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley, and was investigated by the Mon Valley Drug Task Force.

Kasey Thacker MCSHANN, age 38, of Hepizabah, West Virginia, was named in a one-count Indictment charging her with “Theft of Government Funds.” MCSHANN faces up to 10 years in prison for allegedly stealing death and indemnity compensation benefits from the Veterans Administration. This case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Cogar and was investigated by the Department of Veteran Affairs, Office of Inspector General.

Petrus HAWKINS, age 34, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, was named in a one-count Indictment charging him with “Felon in Possession of a Firearm.” HAWKINS faces up to 10 years in prison. This case will be prosecuted by Criminal Chief Shawn A. Morgan and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Indictments are only accusations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated January 7, 2015