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Sussex County man Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

May 5, 2010

NORFOLK, Va. - Arthur B. Barnes, Jr., 34, of Sussex County, Va., pled guilty today in Norfolk federal court to wire fraud.  Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after Barnes’s plea was accepted by United States District Judge Raymond A. Jackson.  Barnes faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, and full restitution when he is sentenced on August 4, 2010.

            According to court documents, Barnes stole approximately $60,000 from the Waverly Volunteer Fire Department while serving as its treasurer.  In his role as treasurer, Barnes had access to the Department’s credit card and bank accounts.  From May 2007 through April 2009, Barnes used the Department’s credit card and money in its bank accounts to pay his personal expenses. 

            The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and the Virginia State Police in Norfolk, Virginia.  Assistant United States Attorney Katherine Lee Martin is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

            A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at or on

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