A former member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, was recently sentenced to two years in prison for charges related to a gambling ring.
Joe Ferrell, 63, was sentenced for tax fraud and racketeering because of the gambling scheme, which occurred in West Virginia and Kentucky, according to a report. The term could have been much longer, but due to a plea agreement, 36 counts of multiple crimes were dropped.
"For his crimes, Mr. Ferrell was rightfully sentenced to years in prison," U.S. district Attorney Booth Goodwin told the news source. "This closes a long, sad chapter in Logan County's history in which Mr. Ferrell was a central player. This conviction should send a clear message that no one is above the law."
Ferrell was a member of the House of Delegates for 14 years, the news source reported. During the trial, he admitted to using two of his companies to host illegal video poker games.
In addition to his sentence, Ferrell was ordered to pay $250,000 in fines as well as $600,000 in relinquishments, the news source added. He was originally indicted for the crimes in 2009.
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