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Utah man sentenced in W.Va. property fraud scheme

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A Utah man has been sentenced to four years and nine months in prison for his role in a multimillion-dollar scheme to sell property in a Hurricane subdivision at inflated prices.

Raymond Morris of South Weber, Utah, was sentenced Monday in federal court in Charleston for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud.

Federal prosecutors say six defendants were sentenced in the scheme that reaped nearly $2 million in lost equity from defrauded lenders in less than two years.

Court records show Morris and another defendant, Michael Hurd of Salt Lake City, were involved in the scheme with Deborah L. Joyce of Hurricane.

Joyce was sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison. Hurd was sentenced to two years and three months.