Lena Lunsford Opposes Probation Relocation Plan


The public defender for the mother of a missing Lewis County girl has filed a motion for a hearing following a federal probation plan that would require her to move from Wheeling to Clarksburg.

Federal public defender Brian J. Kornbrath filed a motion Thursday opposing a probation plan that would require Lena Lunsford to move from the YWCA in Wheeling and relocate to the Clarksburg area.

Lunsford was sentenced to eight months in prison after being convicted of welfare fraud and is now serving a year of supervised release. Lunsford is living at the YWCA in Wheeling while undergoing substance abuse treatment and is working 25 to 30 hours a week at a pizza restaurant, Kornbrath said.

Lunsford was notified on April 22 by the YWCA that she was no longer a viable candidate for the substance abuse treatment because she recently became pregnant and her substance abuse history was in remission, according to court filings. Lunsford is unable to pay the $720 she owes in back rent for staying at the YWCA and will be forced to leave soon, according to the filing.

United States Probation has ordered Lunsford to relocate to the Clarksburg area, where Kornbrath said she is considered a "social pariah" following the case of her missing 3-year-old daughter Aliayah in 2011, which will adversely affect her ability to get a job in the Clarksburg area. Kornbrath also cites that Lunsford has enrolled in classes at a business school in Wheeling and it would be difficult for her to re-enroll in Clarksburg.

Kornbrath has requested a status hearing to address the federal probation plan. A date has not been set.

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