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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Virginia

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Former Town Manager Sentenced on Bank Fraud Charge

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – The former town manager of the Town of Coeburn, who previously admitted to fraudulently applying for and receiving credit in the town’s name and using the Town’s credit for personal expenses, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, announced United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr.

Loretta Ilene Mullins Mays, 49, of Coeburn, Virginia, previously pled guilty to one count of bank fraud. Today in District Court, the Hon. James P. Jones sentenced Mays to imprisonment for a term of one year and one day.  In addition, the Court ordered Mullins to make restitution to the Town of Coeburn in the amount of $20,313.

“When public officials abuse the power placed in them by the citizens they serve for their own financial gain they must be held accountable,” United States Attorney Fishwick said today. “This United States Attorney’s Office will continue to prosecute instances of public corruption and ensure the integrity of those holding public offices.”

Mays was the Town Manager for the Town of Coeburn, Virginia from March 27, 2006 to February 14, 2013.  While Town Manager, Mays applied for and received credit cards in the name of the Town of Coeburn and then used the credit cards for personal expenses. She also used the legitimate Town of Coeburn credit card and lines of credit, to fraudulently obtain personal goods and services. 

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Virginia State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance provided by the Dickenson County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney Randy Ramseyer prosecuted the case for the United States.

Public Corruption
Updated August 10, 2016