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Marion County man sentenced for mail fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – A Fairmont, West Virginia man was sentenced today to six months incarceration for mail fraud, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen announced.

Bryce Martin, age 26, of Fairmont, pled guilty to one count of “Mail Fraud” in June 2017. Martin admitted to taking part in a staged vehicular accident in January 2012 in Harrison County. He also admitted to faking injuries from said accident and filing a false insurance claim, from which he, and others, received insurance settlements of approximately $101,500. Martin also admitted his role in procuring an insurance settlement check in someone else’s name in the amount of $46,500.

Martin was ordered to pay $152,603.64 in restitution.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Cogar prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The West Virginia Insurance Commission Office of Inspector General and the United States Postal Inspection Service investigated.

Senior U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

Updated September 12, 2017

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