So far, BVU receives restitution payments from Todd Edwards, David Copeland; no payments from Jim Kelley

(left) Robert Kelly and (right) David Copeland, former BVU VP's were sentenced Thursday in federal court in Abingdon, Va.

BRISTOL, VA (WJHL) – Bristol Virginia Utilities says it’s received restitution payments from corruption cases involving former executives and contractors.

So far, a federal court clerk sent the southwest Virginia utility company $301,900 from in connection to the convictions of Todd Edwards, Jim Kelley and David Copeland.

Edwards, a former contractor for BVU’s OptiNet division, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering.

The charges stemmed from a kickback scheme involving two former BVU vice presidents, Jim Kelley and David Copeland.

Back in July, Edwards was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison. The court ordered a total restitution from Edwards in the amount of $460,053.  So far, he’s paid $299,900 and he is required to pay the rest by December 31, 2015.

According to BVU, Edwards took funds that were related to grants received by utility company from the Virginia Tobacco Commission, the U.S. Commerce Departments, Economic Development Administration,  and BVU OptiNet and CPC-OptiNet capital funds.”

Copeland, a former vice president of field operations for BVU, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering.

Back in June, Copeland was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison.  He was ordered to pay a total restitution in the amount of $144,000. So far, Copeland has only paid $2000. He is required to make monthly payments of $25 a month or 50% of his income until the balance is paid.

The funds Copeland stole were related to grants received by BVU from the Virginia Tobacco Commission, according to BVU.
Kelley, a former vice president of field operations for BVU, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, money laundering, and defrauding the Internal Revenue Service.

His charges stemmed from a kickback scheme involving Edwards and Mike Clark, both former BVU contractors.

Back in June, Kelley was sentenced to thirty months in federal prison. He was ordered by the court to pay a total restitution of $330,510. According to BVU officials, Kelley has not paid any restitution. He is also required to make monthly installment payments of $25 a month or 50% of his income.

BVU says the funds Kelley took were related to grants the utility received from the Virginia Tobacco Commission, the U.S. Commerce Departments, Economic Development Administration, as well as BVU OptiNet and CPC-OptiNet capital funds.

The current restitution funds of $301,900 will be distributed by BVU as follows:

  • Virginia Tobacco Commission  –  $227,759,  76%
  • Economic Development Administration  – $49,408, 16%
  • BVU OptiNet and CPC-OptiNet capital fund – $24,733,  8%

BVU press release Edwards Kelley and Copeland Restitution Press Release (.pdf)

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