CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry was indicted on 22 counts of fraud, false statements, and witness tampering.
U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart announced Wednesday morning that Loughry has been indicted on 22 charges, including 16 counts of mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud, one count of witness tampering and three counts of making false statements to a federal agent.
Loughry was arrested at 7am Wednesday morning by the FBI.
Loughry falsely and fraudulently claimed mileage for trips on which he drove a Supreme Court vehicle and used a government credit card for gasoline. He used government vehicles and government credit cards for personal use and lied to other Justices about his vehicle usage. He obtained under false pretenses a valuable and historic desk that belonged to the Supreme Court which he took to his residence for a home office. He attempted to conceal the conducted by lying about his actions to government investigators and accused others of fraudulent conduct.
The crimes were committed around June 2013 and lasted until at least March 2, 2018.
If convicted Loughry faces up to 395 years in prison and up to $5.5 million in fines if he’s convicted on all charges.
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