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West Virginia Supreme Court justice faces 395 years behind bars in Federal fraud case

Allen H. Loughry II, a 47-year-old justice on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, was adversely affected by a federal grand jury on Wednesday with numerous fraud, false statement, and witness tampering offenses.

(West Virginia Court)

The West Virginia Supreme Court justice faces up to 395 years in prison and $5.5 million in fines after being hit with a 22-count indictment on numerous charges of fraud and corruption.

Allen H. Loughry II, a 47-year-old justice on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, was adversely affected by a federal grand jury on Wednesday with fraud, false statement, and witness tampering offenses.

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“A federal grand jury has charged a justice, the said on the highest court in the state with numerous and serious Federal crimes,” United States Attorney Mike Stuart in a statment. “On this day, West Virginia day—the people in our great state deserve better. You have worked too hard to tolerate for too long misconduct that strikes at the heart of the trust of the people through their elected representatives. I intend to do everything I can to ensure that our employees deserve honest government.”

Among the offenses, Loughry is accused of using a government vehicle and credit card to personal travel, and wrongfully convert to his own use, a historically significant furniture – the Desk that belonged to the famous architect Cass Gilbert. He was also charged with the attempt to restrict bribes and influence testimonial evidence of the Supreme court of the staff in an imminent grand jury investigation.

Loughry, was arrested by FBI agents on Wednesday morning at his home, and was in the federal courthouse in Charleston, the plan for the processing and, to his court hearing. He was, as expected, not outstanding court held a hearing.

On this day, West Virginia day—the people in our great state deserve better.

– United States Attorney Mike Stuart

“Public corruption is a top investigative priority for the FBI,” FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Nick Boshears said. “It undermines the public trust and undermines the rule of law. We want to know that the people we serve, the FBI will hold those accountable who betray the public trust.”

Loughry, who took office in 2012, was selected to serve as Chief Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court in April 2017, but a year later was replaced, amid reports that he and other justice spent more than a million dollars in public funds. He is suspended since then without pay.

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