Wheeling News Register — The kingpin of an investment crime that Wetzel County Prosecutor Timothy Haught has called the largest Ponzi scheme in West Virginia history was sentenced Monday to more than 10 years in federal prison.
U.S. District Court Judge Frederick P. Stamp of the Northern District of West Virginia sentenced Donna S. Brown, 66, of Clarington, to 10 years and one month in a federal prison on each of three felony counts against her, to be served concurrently.
That sentence came after she scammed a reported 800 or more investment accounts out of what could exceed $31 million, according to court documents.
“This is the absolute top of the advisory federal sentencing guidelines,” Stamp said, noting he chose the maximum amount per charge because of “the extreme seriousness of the offense” and harm against Brown’s numerous victims.
After prison, she’ll serve three years of supervised release.
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