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Locals sentenced in federal court

By STAFF REPORTS
Feb. 15, 2012 at 10 p.m.


A 63-year-old Longview woman was sentenced to five years probation and two months house arrest Tuesday for social security fraud charges in the Eastern District of Texas.

The defendant, Gaylynne Gale, pleaded guilty on July 13, 2011, to theft of government property. She was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap.

Gale was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $152,518.30 to the Social Security Administration and the Texas Medicaid Program and ordered to the forfeiture of $47,530.00.

According to the indictment, from February 2004 until June 2010, Gale intentionally concealed her living arrangements with her ex-husband in order to receive more than $47,000 from the Social Security Administration in the form of Social Security Supplemental Security Income payments.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General (SSA-OIG) and prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office in Tyler.

A 53-year-old Marshall man pleaded guilty Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Roy S. Payne to possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

According to information presented in court, on June 9, 2009, the defendant, Gary Lynn Corpier, purchased cold pills containing pseudoephedrine at a Walgreens and a WalMart store in Marshall as well as on other occasions at other stores in the area, all in furtherance of his methamphetamine manufacturing activities.

Corpier faces up to 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

This case is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division and the Harrison County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.

A 33-year-old Marshall man pleaded guilty to wire fraud Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Roy S. Payne.

According to information presented in court, from August 2010 to September 2010, McConnell engaged in a scheme to defraud MB Trading by making false material representations in an online application for a trading account and by e-mailing a fictitious bank statement to MB Trading.

McConnell was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 5, 2011 and charged with wire fraud.

McConnell faces up to 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

This case is being investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.

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