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8 people indicted by federal grand jury

February 22, 2013
By Katie Kuba - Senior Staff Writer (kkuba@theintermountain.com) , The Inter-Mountain

A federal grand jury sitting in Elkins indicted eight individuals - three of whom are from Randolph and Upshur counties - on a variety of charges this week, including manufacturing methamphetamine and failure to register as a sex offender.

The eight individuals were named in six indictments Wednesday, according to a news release issued Thursday from the office of William J. Ihlenfeld II, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Barbara Ann Spiva, 47, is named in a 10-count indictment that charges her with one count of maintaining a drug-involved premises from fall 2012 to Dec. 29, 2012; one count of possession of materials used in the manufacture of methamphetamine on Dec. 29, 2012; six counts of possession of pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine on Sept. 27, Oct. 26, Oct. 28, Nov. 23, Dec. 5 and Dec. 28, 2012; and two counts of attempting to possess pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine on Nov. 9 and Nov. 14, 2012.

Police originally charged Spiva and four other individuals with one felony count of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine lab and with one felony count of manufacturing or delivery of a controlled substance Dec. 29, 2012, after officers allegedly found materials commonly used to make methamphetamine in a residence located at 462 Wilson St.

Spiva's case was bound over to Randolph County Circuit Court Jan. 9. Spiva and her attorney, James Hawkins, appeared in Randolph County Circuit Court for a bond modification hearing Thursday. Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong modified Spiva's bond from $50,000 cash only to $50,000 cash or property.

If convicted of the federal charges, Spiva faces up to 20 years imprisonment and a $500,000 fine on the maintaining a drug-involved premise charge; 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine on the possession of materials to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine charge; and 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine on the possession of pseudoephedrine and attempt to possess pseudoephedrine charges.

Janel Phillips, 44, of Elkins, was named in a one-count indictment charging her with federal program fraud. The indictment alleges that from January 2007 to May 2010, Phillips embezzled, obtained by fraud and intentionally misapplied property owned by the Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program for Legal Aid of West Virginia.

The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation wherein the United States seeks to forfeit a money judgment of approximately $91,588, which constitutes or is derived from proceeds traceable to the offense.

If convicted, Phillips faces a maximum exposure of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

William Trent Richardson, 21, of French Creek, Kristin Elaine Dye, 20, of Buckhannon, and Brandon Edward Anderson, 22, of Rock Cave, were named in a 32-count indictment.

Count one charges Richardson, Dye and Anderson with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from Feb. 2 to Sept. 13, 2012, in the northern district of West Virginia. Count two charges Richardson, Dye and Anderson with maintaining a drug-involved premises from Feb. 2 to Sept. 13, 2012, to manufacture, store, distribute and use methamphetamine. Count three charges Richardson and Dye with possession of material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine on Sept. 13, 2012.

Counts four through 13 charge Richardson with possession of pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine on Feb. 2, Feb. 13, Feb. 28, March 12, April 16, April 29, May 27, May 31, June 7 and Aug. 1, 2012.

Counts 14 and 15 charge Richardson with attempting to possess pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine on two occasions on June 22, 2012. Counts 16 through 19 charge Dye with possession of material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine on May 28, June 13, June 20 and Sept. 9, 2012. Counts 20 and 21 charge Dye attempting to possess pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine on June 22 and July 4, 2012.

Counts 22 through 31 charge Anderson with possession of pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine on Feb. 14, April 26, May 2, May 5, June 4, June 6, June 9, June 15, July 5 and Aug. 20, 2012.

Count 32 charges Anderson with attempting to possess pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine] on May 14, 2012.

If convicted, Richardson, Dye and Anderson face up to 20 years imprisonment and a $1 million fine as to count one; 20 years imprisonment and a $500,000 fine as to count two; 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 as to count three; and 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 as to each of counts four through 32.

Ronald John Louk, 30, of Churchville, Va., was named in a one-count indictment charging him with failure to update sex offender registration. The indictment alleges that from Oct. 20 to Nov. 21, 2012, in Huttonsville, Louk knowingly failed to update a registration pursuant to the Sex Offender Notification Act.

If convicted, Louk faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

Timothy Wayne Walden, 36, of Baltimore, Md., was named in a one-count indictment charging him with failure to update sex offender registration. The indictment alleges that from Nov. 12, 2012, to Jan. 17, 2013, in Bayard, Walden knowingly failed to update a registration pursuant to the Sex Offender Notification Act.

If convicted, Walden faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

Kyle Heft, 34, of Mahanoy City, Pa., was named in a one-count indictment charging him with failure to update sex offender registration.

The indictment alleges that on July 17, 2012, in Hillsboro, Heft knowingly failed to update a registration pursuant to the Sex Offender Notification Act.

If convicted, Heft faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Contact Katie Kuba by email at kkuba@theintermountain.com.

 
 

 

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