Ten people have been charged in a scheme to obtain money through bogus power surge claims submitted to American Electric Power Inc.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced the charges Thursday.
A federal information alleges former AEP claims adjuster Deborah Farmer of Winfield, W.V., arranged the scheme in which fraudulent damage claims were submitted to the Columbus, Ohio-based company.
Goodwin says AEP paid out nearly $600,000 to the defendants who weren’t entitled to the monies.
Four others also were charged in federal informations, which typically signal their cooperation with prosecutors.
Goodwin says five Charleston-area residents also have been indicted on charges of committing or conspiracy to commit mail or wire fraud.
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