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

Monday, June 20, 2016

Martinsburg woman sentenced for mail fraud

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Debra M. Moses, 47, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for mail fraud, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Moses, a legal assistant at Cassell and Prinz, PLLC, devised a scheme to defraud her employer of attorney fees paid by the United States Social Security Administration by endorsing U.S. Treasury checks payable to “John M. Cassell Attorney” and mailing them to Baltimore, MD for deposit into her personal checking account. Over a nearly seven year period, Moses deposited in excess of $300,000 into her checking account.

Moses pled guilty in March 2016 to one count of “Mail Fraud.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul T. Camilletti prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The United States Secret Service and the United States Social Security Administration investigated.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.

Updated June 20, 2016