Former CFO at Bristol Virginia Utilities sentenced on fraud charges

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) – The former chief financial officer for the Bristol Virginia Utilities Authority, BVU, was sentenced on Thursday.

44-year-old Stacey Pomrenke, of Abingdon, was convicted in February 2016 of 14 counts, including one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, two counts of making false statements, one count of conspiracy to commit fraud, one count of attempting to commit wire fraud and five counts of wire fraud.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Pomrenke was also found guilty of contempt of court.

She was sentenced to 34 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release. In addition, she was ordered to pay $15,116 in restitution, $34,546 in money judgment forfeiture, a $10,000 fine and a special assessment of $1,400.

"The level of corruption this investigation uncovered has been simply astounding," United States Attorney Fishwick said today. "We are proud of the work our partners in law enforcement have done in rebuilding the public's trust in this entity and hope today's sentence shows that when those in positions of public trust attempt to profit from corruption they will pay with their freedom."

According to evidence presented at previous hearings by Assistant United States Attorney Zachary T. Lee and Special Assistant United States Attorney Kevin Jayne, Pomrenke used her position with the utility to obtain things of value from vendors who did business with BVU. Those things included tickets to baseball and football games, alcohol and the funding of official BVU company functions.

Pomrenke also falsely reported wages and other financial benefits of BVU employees to the IRS.