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Three sentenced for roles in W.Va. power-surge scam

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Three people have been sentenced in a fraud scheme involving bogus claims for power-surge property damage.

Thirty-nine-year-old Karen Hodges of St. Albans and 42-year-old Mark Ingram of Nitro each received sentences of one year and one day in prison. Ingram's wife, 32-year-old Crystal Ingram, will spend eight months on home confinement and five years on probation.

U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver sentenced all three defendants Tuesday.

They are among 10 people who were charged with participating in the scheme. The other defendants were sentenced in August.

Federal prosecutors say American Electric Power paid nearly $600,000 for 57 fraudulent claims filed by the defendants related to power-surge damage to homes.

 


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