ELKINS – Sandra Mae Evans, of Petersburg, was sentenced in federal court to five years probation for mail fraud, according to United States Attorney Bill Powell.


ELKINS – Sandra Mae Evans, of Petersburg, was sentenced in federal court to five years probation for mail fraud, according to United States Attorney Bill Powell.
Evans, age 62, pled guilty to one count of mail fraud in May 2019.  Evans admitted to opening an IRA account at Pendleton Community Bank’s Petersburg branch in July 2018. A check in the amount of $82,170.50 was mailed from St. Louis, Missouri, to Pendleton Community Bank to be deposited into Evan’s IRA account. Evans then deposited the check in August 2018, knowing the check was fraudulent. Evans admits to then requesting and successfully collecting withdrawals from the fraudulent check totaling more than $42,000. Evans then sent $18,000 cash to someone in Florida and $11,000 cash to someone in Utah.
Evans was ordered to pay $35,808.05 in restitution to the Pendleton Community Bank. The amount represents the unrecovered amount of withdrawals made against the fraudulent check.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarod J. Douglas prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the West Virginia State Police investigated.
U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh presided.