Law enforcement, community member, honored at United States Attorney awards ceremony

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – Eight law enforcement entities and one community member were recognized Thursday for their work in the greater Clarksburg/Elkins area.

United States Attorney Bill Powell recognized U.S. Probation Officer Jill Henline; ATF Special Agent Steve Worthy; U.S. Postal Inspection Service Inspector Ryan Amstone; several other law enforcement professionals; and a community member with U.S. Attorney Awards for their contributions to create safer communities.

“I have the great pleasure to work [with] many law enforcement and other community based professionals.  We honor these individuals and groups today because they are ‘difference makers’ in our communities.  They represent the best of us, and our communities are better because of their extraordinary work,” said Powell.

United States Probation Officer Jill Henline was recognized for her work to ensure that a defendant paid her restitution after committing a crime.  Loretta Reckart was convicted and sentenced for defrauding West Virginia University out of a substantial amount of money.  She was ordered to pay restitution in excess of $80,000, according to a press release.

Reckart was sentenced to probation, and Jill Henline is her probation officer.  Henline has gone above and beyond to ensure that Reckart’s restitution is paid sooner, rather than later, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  Henline was the recipient of the U.S. Attorney Award for Outstanding Financial Investigation.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent Steve Worthy has been involved in three multi-defendant Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program cases.  Worthy assisted other investigators in OCDETF’s Ice Mountain investigation, which resulted in a 2016 Elkins Division multi-defendant gun and drug trafficking indictment.  He took a leading role in OCDETF’s Shattered Glass investigation, which resulted in two 2017 Elkins Division multi-defendant gun and drug trafficking indictments.  He was also the case agent at the trial of interstate drug trafficker Rocky Idleman, who was sentenced earlier this year to life in prison, according to a press release.

Worthy also took the leading role in 2018’s ICE Dragon investigation, which resulted in a 2018 multi-defendant Clarksburg Division gun and drug trafficking indictment.  Worthy was the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Investigative Effort Award.

United States Postal Inspection Service Inspector Ryan Amstone has been working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Elder Justice Initiative’s focus on money mules.  With Amstone’s assistance, the office has identified people as money mules.  Amstone has done six knock-and-talks on these individuals and explained to them that they may be a victim of a scam and to stop sending money.  Amstone was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Initiative Support Award for his efforts.

The case against Meylan Montalvo Gomez, et al., with an investigation conducted jointly by the FBI, the USSS, the DHS, the WVSP, and the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office, discovered what has become known as a gas station skimmer scheme.  The victim cardholders were reimbursed by their banks, causing nine banks to be owed more than $100,000.  For their work on this case, the following law enforcement agents received the 2019 Outstanding Fraud Investigative Effort Award.

  • Detective William “Pete” Tennant, Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sgt. David Simmons, West Virginia State Police
  • Task Force Officer Jason Webber, the FBI/Clarksburg Police Department
  • Task Force Officer Jeremy Thompson, the United States Secret Service/South Charleston Police Department
  • Special Agent Scott Fell, Department of Homeland Security

A victim’s mother was also honored with the 2019 Outstanding Community Service Award for her efforts in an opioid case.

The ceremony was held in U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Patrick M. Flatley’s courtroom and included remarks from U.S. Attorney Bill Powell and the presence of many local, state and federal law enforcement leaders from throughout West Virginia.

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