- Associated Press - Thursday, April 6, 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A man accused of setting up a fake prep school has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for drug and other charges.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail (https://bit.ly/2nOHf3j) reports a federal judge on Wednesday sentenced 43-year-old Daniel Hicks of Charleston to 17 months for a heroin distribution charge and a month for making a false statement to a federal agent during an investigation into the school.

Hicks was accused of creating the fake West Virginia Prep Academy that lured over 20 athletes in August 2011 with the promise of competing for college scholarships.

The students were discovered living in an unfurnished, two-bedroom apartment.

Hicks, who has already spent 15 months behind bars, is expected to receive credit for that time served. He was also ordered to three years’ probation upon release.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, https://wvgazettemail.com.

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