Plea hearing Thursday for ex-Williamson mayor

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The former mayor of Williamson is expected to plead guilty next week to lying to federal agents during the investigation of a workers’ compensation scheme.

U.S. District Court Judge John Copenhaver set a Thursday plea hearing for Darrin McCormick.

McCormick is the former branch manager of the Bank of Mingo’s Williamson branch. He resigned as mayor at the end of April.

Last month, federal prosecutors charged McCormick, saying he made a false statement on Feb. 19, 2013, to an FBI agent and an agent with the Internal Revenue Service about suspicious banking activity involving Aracoma Contracting.

FBI agents in 2013 seized computer hard drives and documents related to Aracoma Contracting from the bank’s Williamson branch — overseen by McCormick at the time — as part of a probe that has resulted in jail sentences for a former BrickStreet Insurance auditor and four coal contract company officials.

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