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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Ohio man sentenced for wire fraud

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Kenneth Werkau, of Clarington, Ohio, was sentenced today to three years of probation for wire fraud, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Werkau, 64, pleaded guilty in August 2021 to one count of “Wire Fraud.” Werkau was employed as an associate at Walmart in Moundsville. Beginning in September 2019 and ending in January 2020, Werkau stole $123,775 in gift cards and activating them without paying for them.

Werkau was ordered to pay $123,775 in restitution.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Dane DeMasi-Lemon prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The FBI investigated.

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Updated February 2, 2022