Ohio County Magistrate pleads not guilty to fraud, bribery charges

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Ohio County Magistrate Harry A. Radcliffe, III has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges.

On Monday, Radcliffe appeared before Judge James Siebert.

Magistrate Radcliffe faces three counts of wire fraud, one count of federal program bribery, one count of travel bribery, and three counts of filing a false income tax return.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, Radcliffe is also accused of soliciting and accepting bribes from W&S Bail Bonding, doing business as A Bail Bonding (ABC) of Wheeling.

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

Radcliffe has been placed on probation.

If convicted, Radcliffe faces the following:

  • 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

July 31st has been set as a possible trial date.

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