MORE WEST VIRGINIA NEWS

Ex-miner asks Congress for help on black lung
2 Pa. residents charged killing 3 in W.Va.
Meningitis diagnosis prompted W.Va. clinic probe
Report: Well-being of W.Va. children improves
Independent Rabel joins Mooney-Casey race in W.Va.
Silver Airways chosen for new Williamstown flights
W.Va. inmate who escaped in May captured in Va.
Ex-Mercer teacher pleads guilty to sex charges
Ex-W.Va. agency worker pleads guilty to fraud
W.Va. AG warns job seekers of fake job ad scams
Casey, Mooney to attend US House candidate forum
Co. at center of spill in bankruptcy court Tuesday
Applications available for W.Va. bear gun season
W.Va. officials allege fire department conspiracy
West Virginia Dems want GOP candidates off ballot
Possible unsafe practices found at W.Va. clinic
Possible unsafe practices found at W.Va. clinic
Ex-Shinnston officer sentenced on drug charges
Man pleads guilty in Charleston hammer slaying
Randolph bridge renamed in honor of soldier
1 killed in car fire in Tyler County
Police ID 3 victims from Adirondacks plane crash
W.Va. treasurer helps localities manage finances
Martinsburg to celebrate electric vehicle station
Public input sought on W.Va. preservation plan
Harpers Ferry historic district guidelines created
WVU to add about 200 security cameras
W.Va. veterans clinic tentatively set to reopen
Nature Conservancy's W.Va. director resigns
Clarksburg moves to resolve building code issues



West Virginia News
News from the region's first prime-time newscast. You'll find it First On Fox!


OIL SCHEME-CONVICTIONS
Appeals court upholds convictions, sentences of brothers involved in oil drilling scam

Reported by: Associated Press
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:59 PM EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky.


A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of two brothers convicted of running a multistate oil drilling scam that bilked millions from unwitting investors.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday concluded that prosecutors presented enough evidence to back their contention that 53-year-old Christopher Cello Smith of Prestonsburg, Ky., and 58-year-old Michael D. Smith of Cookeville, Tenn., defrauded thousands of investors.

The Smiths ran a company called Target Oil and Gas. Prosecutors say the company asked investors to fund drilling projects in Kentucky, Texas, West Virginia and Tennessee but used fraudulent marketing materials and false geological surveys to persuade them.

Christopher Smith is serving a five-year sentence in federal prison. Michael Smith is serving a 10-year sentence.










PRIME PICKS

FAMILY GUY
Tonight at 8:00 PM

Herpe, the Love Sore
Stewie gets an STD from Brian; Peter and the guys fight for their booth at The Drunken Clam



Get 1/2 price gift certificates

Find us on Facebook

Advertisement