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News
12:49 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Mass. Lab Settles W.Va. Health Care Fraud Case

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin

  A Massachusetts clinical testing lab will pay the federal government more than $4 million to settle a health care fraud case in West Virginia.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced the $4.67 million settlement with Calloway Laboratories, Inc. on Wednesday.

Goodwin says in a news release that an investigation found that Calloway Laboratories performed a medical review with urine drug screens that isn't covered by Medicare or West Virginia's Medicaid program. The company submitted claims for the review using a code for pathology services, which are covered.

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Law Enforcement
7:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Feds Set Record in Latest Drug Take-Back Day in W.Va.

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  Federal officials in southern West Virginia say they collected more than three tons of unwanted and expired drugs during last weekend's Prescription Drug Take-Back day. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and Drug Enforcement Administration supervisory agent Suzan Williamson said the collection set a record at 6,211 pounds of prescription drugs. West Virginians participated at nearly 130 locations around the state.

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Threats
5:34 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

W.Va. Man Accused of Threatening U.S. Senator

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Federal prosecutors say a 49-year-old Barboursville man has been indicted on charges he threatened to kill U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin.
 
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says Steven Anthony Major was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury in Charleston. He is accused of making four separate threats to kill Manchin. The threats allegedly occurred from March 17 through March 20.
 

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Law & Order
12:52 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Gov. Tomblin's Brother Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge

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The brother of West Virginia's governor faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal drug charge.
 
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says 50-year-old Carl Tomblin of Chapmanville pleaded guilty Tuesday to distribution of oxymorphone. Tomblin's sentencing is set for June 25.
 

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Law & Order
4:11 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

W.Va. Man Charged with Threatening U.S. Sen. Manchin

A West Virginia man has been arrested on charges of making violent threats against U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and his family.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that 49-year-old Steven Anthony Major of Barboursville was arrested Friday. In a criminal complaint, FBI Special Agent Jason Bollinger says Major made multiple calls to Manchin's Washington, D.C., and Charleston offices from March 17-20.

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Mingo Corruption
4:26 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Former Mingo Chief Magistrate Sentenced to 27 Months in Federal Prison

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A former chief magistrate is the latest defendant sentenced to federal prison time in a probe of corruption in Mingo County, West Virginia, United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today. Dallas Toler, 45, of Delbarton, West Virginia, was sentenced to 27 months of imprisonment.

Last December, Toler admitted in federal court that he falsified a voter registration application during the 2012 primary election campaign. Toler faked the application so that a convicted felon, still on probation and thus barred from voting, could vote for Toler’s Team Mingo faction. 

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Chemical Leak
11:22 am
Fri March 7, 2014

FBI Visits Company that Hauled Chemicals for Freedom Industries

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Federal agents have visited a company that cleaned up and hauled chemicals from the site of a spill that contaminated 300,000 West Virginians' water.
 

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin confirmed that FBI investigators were at Diversified Services LLC in St. Albans on Thursday. Goodwin could not comment on why they were there.

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Drugs
1:17 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Gov. Tomblin's Brother Faces Drug Charge

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West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's brother is facing a federal drug distribution charge.
 
A federal information charges 50-year-old Carl Tomblin of Chapmanville with illegally distributing oxymorphone, a prescription painkiller, on Dec. 6, 2013, at or near Chapmanville.
 

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The Legislature Today
7:30 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin & State Police Captain Tim Bledsoe Discuss Heroin Use in The State

More than 20 bills pass through the Senate, but a couple bills brought the upper house's leadership to the podium to discuss next steps and, inevitably, they decide to lay the bills over until Tuesday. The House of Delegates deal with the collection of debts and their statute of limitations. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and Captain Tim Bledsoe of the West Virginia State Police discuss heroin use around the state.

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Investigation
5:53 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Grand Jury Heard W.Va. DEP Workers on Chemical Spill

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An official says two state air quality employees have appeared in front of a federal grand jury about the West Virginia chemical spill.
 
     State Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Tom Aluise confirmed Tuesday that they testified several weeks ago in Beckley.
 

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Mingo Corruption
11:52 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Ex-Mingo Commissioner Sentenced to 20 Months

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A former Mingo County commissioner has been sentenced to more than a year in prison on a federal extortion charge.
 
     David Baisden received a 20-month sentence Wednesday in federal court in Charleston.
 
     He pleaded guilty in October to trying to buy tires for his personal vehicle at a government discount in 2009, then terminating the county's contract with Appalachian Tire when it refused to cooperate.
 

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News
11:41 am
Thu January 2, 2014

W.Va. Dept. of Agriculture Audit Given to U.S. Attorney

State Capitol, Charleston, W.Va.
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The results of a legislative audit of the state department of Agriculture is being turned over to federal authorities.  After learning of findings of suspicious activity within a legislative audit, Senate President Jeff Kessler and House Speaker Tim Miley ordered the Legislative Auditor to turn over the information to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
 

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Same Sex Couples
11:23 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Attorney General, Kanawha Co. Clerk Ask Judge to Dismiss W.Va. Gay Marriage Lawsuit

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State and local officials are seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging West Virginia's ban on gay marriage.
 
     The Charleston Gazette reports that the West Virginia Attorney General's Office and Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick asked a federal judge this week to dismiss the case.

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Drug Abuse
4:10 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

State Police Take Over Former Pill Mill, Recieve Cash Proceeds

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The Williamson office building that formerly housed a pain clinic is being given to the West Virginia State Police.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Monday that the agency also will receive $340,000 in cash proceeds forfeited by one of the operators of Mountain Medical Care Clinic.

The pill mill was shut down in 2010 following a federal investigation that ended with several criminal convictions.

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Mingo Corruption
4:09 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Mingo Co. judge pleads guilty, resigns from office

Judge Michael Thornsbury pleaded guilty to federal charges for violating a Mingo County man’s Constitutional rights when attempting to cover up a drug deal.

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Mingo Corruption
6:17 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Mingo Co. Commissioner accepts deal, pleads guilty

Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden as he exits the U.S. District Courthouse in Charleston after pleading guilty to federal extortion charges.
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Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden pleaded guilty yesterday to a charge stemming from a federal investigation into corruption in the county. Baisden agreed to a plea bargain from federal prosecutors and will await his sentencing in January.

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