Grant County Residents Sentenced

Carmen Liseno, of Cabins, was sentenced today to 92 months incarceration for a firearms charge, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Liseno, age 36, pled guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in May 2019. Liseno, having been previously convicted of two felonies, admitted to having a .40 caliber pistol in December 2017 in Grant County.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). Project Safe Neighborhoods is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Danae DeMasi-Lemon prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Grant County Sheriff’s Department investigated.

Sandra Mae Evans, of Petersburg, West Virginia, was sentenced today to five years probation for mail fraud, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

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 over both cases.