Wetzel County Business Owner Convicted of Oxycodone Trafficking, Bank Fraud


One Marshall County man who owned and operated an automotive services business in Wetzel County was convicted of oxycodone trafficking and bank fraud in federal court Wednesday.

Christopher Michael Previtera, 48, of Proctor pled guilty to two separate criminal Informations. He admitted that throughout 2014 and 2015, he conspired with other individuals to possess and distribute oxycodone in Marshall and Wetzel Counties. 

He also acknowledged to committing fraud in connection with a loan that he obtained in order to finance the purchase of his business.He faces up to 30 years in prison for the bank fraud conviction, and up to 20 years for the drug conspiracy conviction. 

Previtera has agreed to forfeit his interest in multiple firearms, $15,070 in United States currency, real property, a 2007 Dodge Ram truck, various John Deere lawn care machinery, and various equipment and inventory related to the automotive services business. Previtera will also be required to pay money judgments in the amount of $145,000 in the drug trafficking case and $91,522.74 in the bank fraud case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarod Douglas prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp presided.

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