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West Virginia Supreme Court justice Loughry indicted on fraud, other charges

West Virginia Supreme Court justices take their seats before hearing a case in February. They are (from left): Allen Loughry, Robin Davis, Margaret Workman, Menis Ketchum and Beth Walker.
(Gazette-Mail file photo by Craig Hudson)


Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry has been indicted in federal court on two counts of fraud by wire, radio or television, 16 counts of frauds and swindles, one count of witness tampering and three counts of making false statements, according to court records.

In a 30-page indictment filed Tuesday and unsealed Wednesday, a grand jury charges that Loughry intentionally lied to federal investigators, and acted “with intent to defraud, misused and abused his position, power and authority.”

Specifically, the indictment mentions using a state vehicle and state credit card for gasoline for personal use and lying to other justices about using them for official business; fraudulently claiming mileage and gasoline reimbursements; using state property as his own personal property and using state workers to move the property; and lying to investigators about his conduct.

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