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Morgantown man charged with theft of Federal Broadband Funding

May 2—The proprietor of Clearfiber Inc., an web service supplier in Monongalia County, was charged with cash laundering Wednesday, after allegedly defrauding a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant program, in accordance with a press launch from U.S. District Attorney William Ihlenfeld’s workplace.

In or round October 2019, court docket data state Timothy Chad Henson, 35, of Morgantown, on behalf of Clearfiber, utilized for and was awarded in extra of $1.9 million in grant funding to supply high-speed web companies to rural prospects in Monongalia and Marion counties by way of the USDA’s Community Connect Program.

According to court docket data paperwork, Henson “made false and misleading statements on the application and submitted false invoices to the USDA electronically, causing the USDA, on Sept. 28, 2020, to deposit the amount of $340, 464 into an account held by Clearfiber Inc.”

After receiving the $340, 000 deposit, the federal government alleges Henson then transferred $322, 900 into one other checking account for his private use.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service—Criminal Investigations, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Wagner is prosecuting the case on behalf of the federal government.

Henson is scheduled for an preliminary look on May 29 earlier than U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi.

If convicted, he might withstand 10 years in federal jail. A federal district court docket choose would decide any sentence after contemplating the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and different statutory components.

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