Criminal Justice News

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Indictment Returned and Initial Appearance Scheduled


United States Attorney Michael J. Moore, Middle District of Georgia, announced that a federal grand jury in Macon, Georgia has charged William Scott Frazier, age 42, and Heather Frazier, age 36, residents of Columbus, Georgia, in a 20-count indictment charging violations of wire fraud, Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343; fraud and false statements, Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001; misprision of a felony, Title 18 United States Code, Section 4; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Title 18 United States Code, Section 922(g).

The indictment, returned on August 14, 2012, alleges that the defendants did knowingly and unlawfully combine, conspire, confederate, agree, and have a tacit understanding with each other to commit offenses against the United States.

The charges in this indictment are the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Criminal indictments are only charges and not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.

An initial appearance is scheduled for today, August 21, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. before the Honorable M. Stephen Hyles, United States Magistrate Judge.

William Frazier faces the following penalties:

■Wire fraud: 1-20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, a $100 mandatory assessment, up to three years of supervised release
■Firearms: 1-10 years in prison, a fine of up to $25,000, a $100 mandatory assessment, up to three years of supervised release

Heather Frazier faces the following penalties:

■False statements: 1-5 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, a $100 mandatory assessment, up to two years of supervised release
■Misprision of a felony: 1-3 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, a $100 mandatory assessment, up to two years of supervised release

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