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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Three charged with mail and wire fraud

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA –Federal indictments were returned today charging three individuals with mail and wire fraud charges, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Tyree Skipper, 44, currently incarcerated at Federal Correctional Institution Hazelton, and Debra Skipper, 60, of Euclid, Ohio were each charged with one count of “Conspiracy to Commit Mail and Wire Fraud” and two counts of “Wire Fraud.”  Tyree Skipper was also charged with two counts of “Aggravated Identity Theft.” They each face up to twenty years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for both the conspiracy and the wire fraud charges, while Tyree Skipper faces an additional two years in prison on the identity theft charges.

Daniel Aaron Stone, 36, currently incarcerated at Federal Correctional Institution Beckley was charged in a separate indictment with one count of “Attempt to Commit Wire Fraud,” three counts of “Aggravated Identity Theft,” and two counts of “Possession of Fifteen or More Access Devices with Intent to Defraud.” He faces up to twenty years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for the attempt charge; two years in prison for the aggravated identity theft charge; up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for the each of the access device charges.

Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
 
Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Cogar is handling the cases on behalf of the government. The Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations, investigated.
 
An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated December 6, 2016