OIG Investigative Reports, Two men Indicted by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Martinsburg, WV Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigative Report UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE Northern District of West Virginia FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 19, 2006 Acting United States Attorney Rita R. Valdrini Media Contact Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist 1125 Chapline Street Federal Building, Suite 3000 Wheeling, WV 26003 (304) 234-0100 Two men Indicted by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Martinsburg, WV Acting United States Attorney Rita R. Valdrini announced that: JERRY L. MEZZATESTA, age 59, of 46 S. High Street, Romney, West Virginia, and DAVID S. FRIEND, age 59, of 434 Callen Avenue, Morgantown, West Virginia, were named in a two-count Indictment. Count One of the Indictment alleges that MEZZATESTA and FRIEND conspired to defraud the Board of Education of Hampshire County from January 2004 to June of 2005 by misapplying public funds. Count One further alleges that in July of 2003, MEZZATESTA and FRIEND obtained a grant in the amount of $75,000 from the West Virginia Department of Education which was to be used to fund the Supported Employment Program of the Special Services Workshop in Hampshire County. In February of 2004, MEZZATESTA and FRIEND took actions that resulted in providing a substantial part of the $75,000 to agencies which had not been approved by the State Department of Education. It is alleged that the misapplication of these funds by MEZZATESTA and FRIEND was done with an intent to derive an advantage for MEZZATESTA in his effort to be re-elected to the House of Delegates in 2004. Count Two of the Indictment alleges that in February of 2004, MEZZATESTA and FRIEND misapplied property worth at least $5,000 in Hampshire County, West Virginia. If convicted, MEZZATESTA and FRIEND face a maximum exposure of five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on Count One and ten years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on Count Two. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David E. Godwin. The case was investigated by the United States Department of Education/Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It should be noted that the charges contained in the Indictments are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Printable view Share this page Last Modified: 09/25/2006 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation No Child Left Behind FERPA FAFSA 1098-E Tax Form 2015 Budget Proposal More > Information About... Transforming Teaching Family and Community Engagement Early Learning K-12 Reforms More > Connect Facebook Twitter YouTube Email RSS Google+ More > MISUSED FOIA OIG Fraud Hotline Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Student Loans Repaying Loans Defaulted Loans Loan Forgiveness Loan Servicers Grants & Programs Apply for Pell Grants Grants Forecast Open Grant Competitions Find Grant Programs by Eligibility Laws & Guidance No Child Left Behind FERPA Civil Rights Data & Research Education Statistics Postsecondary Education Data State Education Data Nation's Report Card What Works Clearinghouse About Us Contact Us ED Offices Jobs News FAQs Budget, Performance Notices FOIAPrivacySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
Two men Indicted by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Martinsburg, WV. Martinsburg, WV, September 19, 2006
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2006-09-19.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.