Preston County residents sentenced for wire fraud

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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Two Preston County residents were sentenced today for their roles in an insurance fraud scheme, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Cynthia Miller, of Newburg, West Virginia, and Dustin Miller, of Reedsville, West Virginia, were each sentenced today to five years of probation with the first four months on home detention for wire fraud. Cynthia, 36,  and Dustin, 41, each pleaded guilty in January 2022 to one count of “Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud.” Both admitted to working with others to stage a vehicle accident, fabricate injuries, and file false insurance claims. The crime occurred from March to July 2019 in Taylor and Preston Counties.

Cynthia and Dustin were also ordered to jointly pay $8,474.65 in restitution.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Cogar prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the West Virginia Insurance Commission Fraud Unit investigated.

Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh presided.

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