Former Abingdon assistant town manager pleads guilty to fraud charges

A former Abingdon, Va. assistant town manager pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Abingdon Monday to fraud charges.

According to a U.S. District Court news release, William Garrett Jackson, 37, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty to one count of theft from a program receiving federal funds.

William Garrett Jackson, 37, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty to one count of theft from a program receiving federal funds.  (Courtesy of Garrett Jackson's Linkedin page)
William Garrett Jackson, 37, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty to one count of theft from a program receiving federal funds. (Courtesy of Garrett Jackson’s Linkedin page)

Jackson now faces a maximum possible penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000.

According to the release, Jackson admitted to using his town-issued credit card for personal expenses from 2007-2014.

He reportedly admitted to using the card for personal expenses, such as a subscription to Netflix, buying groceries, paying his personal cell phone bills, purchasing electronics and buying other unauthorized goods and services.

Jackson spent $76,404 on the town’s credit card for his own personal use.

According to a Town of Abingdon, Va. news release, Jackson served as the assistant town manager and director of planning during his tenure with the Town of Abingdon.

He started working with Town in August 2003 and resigned on July 17, 2014.

Since February, Jackson worked as a public affairs officer for the National Park service assigned to the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution Parks Group.

Bill Reynolds, spokesman for the National Park Service, said Garrett Jackson resigned from his job with the federal agency on June 11.

Reynolds said, to his knowledge, Jackson is not being investigated related to his time with the National Parks Service.

Garrett Jackson (left) leaving court in Abingdon, Va.
Garrett Jackson (left) leaving court in Abingdon, Va.

“After Mr. Jackson’s resignation, several suspicious purchases were discovered on his employer issued credit card,” according to the Town of Abingdon release. “Following the discovery of this suspected fraudulent activity, the Town Manager contacted the Virginia State Police who initiated a criminal investigation in to the legitimacy of the purchases.”

According to the release, Town Manager Greg Kelly has since implemented strict internal purchasing controls.

According to the release, Jackson agreed to pay back the full amount of the $76,404 by Sept. 1.

Jackson was scheduled to be sentenced in September.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Secret Service, Virginia State Police and the Town of Abingdon, Va. Police Department.

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