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WV Southern District Court Roundup

Posted: Updated: April 28, 2012 04:24 AM

The following cases are on the docket this week for U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia:

Five individuals who entered not guilty pleas in an alleged scheme to defraud American Electric Power will appear before U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver for a pretrial motions hearing 10 a.m. May 2 in Charleston.

Karen Hodges, 39, of St. Albans; Jonathan Shaffer, 32, of Charleston; Tiffany Shaffer, 24, of Poca; Bryan Javins, 23, of Nitro; and Jeanette Boggs, 58, of Nitro, are set for trial 9:30 a.m. May 21.

In addition to these five individuals, Freda Bradshaw, 47, of Pliny, Deborah Farmer, 47 of Winfield, and Julia Washington, 45, of Charleston, have entered guilty pleas.

Two individuals, Mark Ingram and Cystal Ingram were scheduled to enter pleas April 5, but their pleas were continued.

The Feb. 29 indictment charged Hodges, Jonathan Shaffer, Tiffany Shaffer, Javins and Boggs with directing Farmer to submit fraudulent claims to AEP, claiming damage to personal property.

AEP claim checks ranging from $2,000 to $9,000 were individually mailed to the Shaffers, Javins and Boggs from march 2009 to March 2010, the indictment states. After receiving checks, individuals allegedly cashed and shared them, according to the indictment.

Washington is charged with setting up an appraisal company, Tri-State Service Solutions, which provided fraudulent appraisals to support power surge claims.

As a result, AEP asserts it paid almost $600,000 worth of fraudulent claims, the indictment states.

Two men accused of transporting 14 illegal aliens from Houston Texas to Putnam County also will appear in court May 2 for an 11 a.m. arraignment.

Miguel Marquez-Jimenez, 24, and Sergio Morales-Jimenez, both of Mexico, are scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl A. Eifert in Huntington.

A California man accused of threatening to extort Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is slated for sentencing 1:30 p.m. May 2 in Charleston.

Harry Marshall Rae, 63, of Angels Camp, is scheduled to appear before U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. for charges stemming from last year's special gubernatorial election.

Nearly a month before the Oct. 4 special election, Rae allegedly threatened to release videos pertaining to the greyhound racing business unless he was given money, the arrest warrant states.

The arrest warrant also said Rae emailed Bill Maloney, Tomblin's Republican opponent in the election, to gain leverage in the scheme.

A Parkersburg United Bank wire transfer assistant is scheduled for arraignment at 2 p.m. May 3. Anita Vanfossen will appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary E. Stanley in Charleston for allegedly embezzling $90,168.42 from her employer.

A man charged with fraudulently receiving $324,880 of post trauamatic stress disorder and vocational rehabilitation and employment benefits is set for sentencing at 2:30 p.m. May 3 before U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers in Huntington.

Darryl Hodkinson is charged with submitting false documents to corroborate service-related stressors.

Jury selection will begin in the case of The New West Virginia Mining Company 9:30 a.m. May 4 in U.S. District Judge Irene Berger's Beckley courtroom.

The 2011 indictment charges James E. Trent, Brandy M. Horvath and the New West Virginia Mining Company with conspiring with others to structure currency transactions in increments of $10,000 or less to evade a bank's reporting requirements.


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