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Former Justice Ketchum faces wire fraud charge for use of W.Va. fuel card


The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart, left, and FBI agent Wes Quigley, right, announce a plea deal with former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Menis Ketchum.
(News and Sentinel photo by Steven Allen Adams)

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Menis Ketchum, whose last day as a justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals was Friday, agreed to plead guilty in federal court Tuesday to one felony count of wire fraud for use of a state fuel card.

In the information document filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ketchum is cited for using state vehicles for two out-of-state golf outings to the Old Farm Golf Club in Bristol, Va., and using the state fuel card for gas for these personal trips.

The plea deal was announced in a press conference Tuesday at the Robert C. Byrd Courthouse in Charleston by Mike Stuart, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia.

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