A Belington attorney was sentenced to federal prison for billing the State of West Virginia for services she didn't perform, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II.
Lisa A. Weese, 43, was sentenced by Chief Judge John Preston Bailey to 12 months and one day in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty in November 2012 to mail fraud, according to the news release.
According to the news release, Weese was a panel attorney in the Circuit Court of Barbour, Randolph, Tucker and Taylor Counties from September 2006 to September 2011. During this time, Weese submitted fraudulent vouchers to W.Va. Public Defender Services, claiming to have worked more than 24 hours on each of the 48 days and more than 16 hours on an additional 168 days.
The total loss based on compensation paid to Weese for work she didn't perform was $159,130.08. According to the news release, Judge Bailey is in the process of deciding the amount of restitution that must be paid by Weese and will provide a separate order in the near future.
Weese is free on bond and will self-report to the designated federal institution.