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Hundred Area Man Charged With Wire Fraud

By Staff | Dec 16, 2015

According to a press release issued by the United States Attorney’s Office, a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Jeffery L. Burdine, 38, of Hundred, with wire fraud.

According to the release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of West Virginia, Burdine, along with Devin K. Wright, 25, of Fairmont, were each charged with one count of “conspiracy to commit wire fraud” and two counts of “wire fraud.” Burdine and Wright each face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each of the three counts. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of each defendant.

According to the press release from the U.S. Attorne’ys Office, Burdine owned and operated Express Towing in Hundred. Burdine would assist customers to rent trucks from national rental companies, such as Penske, the Avis Budget Group, and U-Haul. He allegedly conspired with various customers to stage false motor vehicle accidents involving the rented trucks, and instead of calling the national rental companies and arranging for their preferred and approved towing companies to tow the damaged vehicles, Burdine allegedly towed the trucks himself or had the customers return the trucks to his business. He would then allegedly make interstate telephone calls to the national rental companies in which he would demand payment of his towing fees before he would return the truck to the rental companies.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert McWilliams is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is leading the inquiry.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.