Ohio County Magistrate indicted on multiple fraud, bribery charges

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Ohio County Magistrate Harry A. Radcliffe, III, has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Radclife faces charges involving wire fraud, bribery, and tax fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Radcliffe, has been indicted on the following charges:

  • one count of “Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, Federal Program Bribery, and Travel Act Bribery”
  • three counts of “Wire Fraud”
  • one count of “Federal Program Bribery”
  • one count of “Travel Act Bribery”
  • three counts of “Filing a False Income Tax Return”

*According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s office, Radcliffe is accused of soliciting and accepting bribes from W&S Bail Bonding, doing business as A Bail Bonding (ABC) of Wheeling, West Virginia, concealing said bribes from the State of West Virginia and the IRS, directing defendants and their families to ABC Bonding without offering other options as required, altering bonds to require a bonding company, and collecting said bribes via credit card and interstate travel.

Radcliffe is also accused of failing to report $11,000 in income on both his 2013 and 2014 federal income taxes, and failing to report $4,500 in income on his 2015 federal income taxes.

The crimes are alleged to have occurred from January 2012 to April 2016 in the Northern District of West Virginia and elsewhere.

According to the release, the United States is seeking a money judgment in the amount of $26,500.

If convicted, Radcliffe faces the following:

  • up to five years incarceration and a fine of $250,000 for the conspiracy count
  • up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of $250,000 for each of the wire fraud counts
  • up to 10 years and a fine of $250,000 for federal bribery count
  • up to five years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the travel act count
  • up to three years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for each of the false income tax return counts

In addition, William W. Seelbach, owner of ABC, of North Fort Meyers, was charged in a two-count information on Tuesday.

Seelbach, age 68, is facing one count of “Conspiracy to Defraud the United States—Impede the Internal Revenue Service,” and one count of “Failure to File Individual Income Tax Return for Tax Year 2012.” Seelbach is accused of impeding the IRS in its collection of taxes, and failing to file a federal income tax return for 2012 to report $144,030 in income to the IRS.

According to the release, Jolynn Gilchrist, former employee of ABC, of Wheeling, was charged in an information on Tuesday with one count of “False Tax Return.”

Gilchrist, 49, is accused of filing an inaccurate federal tax return for the 2015 tax year.

*This story has been corrected to reflect new, corrected information obtained from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.*

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