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Proctor Man Sentenced for Role in Drug Distribution and Fraud


 A Proctor man was convicted of oxycodone trafficking and bank fraud in federal court on Wednesday, according to United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld.

Christopher Michael Previtera, 48, owned and operated an automotive services business in Wetzel County. 

He pled guilty to charges that throughout 2014 and 2015, he conspired with people to possess and distribute oxycodone in Marshall and Wetzel Counties. He also admitted to committing fraud in connection with a loan he got to start his business.

He faces up to 30 years in jail on the bank fraud conviction, and up to 20 years for the drug conspiracy conviction. 

He also agreed to forfeit multiple guns, and over $15,000 cash, property, a 2007 Dodge Ram Truck, various John Deere lawn care machinery and various equipment and inventory related to the automotive services business.

Previtera is also required to pay $145,000 in the drug trafficking case and $91,522.74 in the bank fraud case.

A sentencing date has not been set.

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