Former BVU VP offered info that helped government with ongoing investigation

Former BVU VP offered info that helped government with ongoing investigation (Image 1)

As a federal judge is scheduled to sentence two former Bristol Virginia Utilities vice presidents and a former contractor next week, we’ve learned the fourth person who pleaded guilty in the corruption case won’t be sentenced until late July.

James Todd Edwards, the former CEO of South Carolina based Edwards Telecommunications, was originally scheduled to be sentenced on June 18th, the same day as David Copeland, Jim Kelley and Michael Clark, but federal court records reveal yesterday Edwards’ sentencing was reset for July 23rd.

Edwards previously pleaded guilty to several fraud-related charges and money laundering after admitting he gave kickbacks to two former BVU vice presidents in return for approval of fake invoices. So far, four people have pleaded guilty in connection to the ongoing investigation.

Ahead of sentencing next week for the other three, former BVU VP Jim Kelley is reminding the judge he has cooperated with authorities. A sentencing memo filed by Kelley’s attorney today and obtained by News Channel 11 explains that he just wasn’t cooperative at the beginning of the investigation.

“Mr. Kelley has also accepted responsibility for his criminal conduct in this case, and he has fully cooperated with investigators,” the memo said. “Importantly, he also provided information about potential misconduct by other individuals associated with BVU unrelated to the Edwards Telecommunications scheme. The information provided by Mr. Kelley during his initial interview and later proffers assisted the government in the initial round of prosecutions, as well as its ongoing BVU investigation.”

The sentencing memo asks the judge for a sentence of 24 months in prison and no fine.

As we previously reported, federal officials returned to the public utility last week.

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