WVa pharmacist serving fraud sentence now accused of murder

November 19, 2021 GMT

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia pharmacist already serving a federal prison sentence in a fraud case has been indicted on a state charge in her husband’s death.

Natalie P. Cochran, 40, of Daniels, was indicted by a grand jury in Raleigh County on a first-degree murder charge Thursday, according to a news release Friday from county Prosecutor Benjamin Hatfield.

Cochran’s husband, Michael Cochran, 38, died in February 2019. The prosecutor’s statement did not give details about the death but said state police conducted an investigation.

Natalie Cochran was sentenced in March to 11 years for pretending to be a government contractor and defrauding investors out of millions of dollars. Prosecutors said Cochran tricked investors into thinking she owned two successful businesses with government contracts. She never invested the money, instead using some of it to buy a 1965 Shelby Cobra, two properties and jewelry.