Former State Official Sentenced to Ten Years for Stealing from Fund
Virginia’s former Secretary of Finance, John Forbes, II has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud for stealing four million dollars from an economic recovery fund. Charles Fishburne reports.
Forbes pleaded guilty in August, admitting that he set up a Literacy Foundation of Virginia, funneled five million dollars to it and used four million for himself.
Tobias: These public trust types of cases, the judges, I think, pretty uniformly impose strict sentences.
Carl Tobias, Law Professor at the University of Richmond.
Tobias: Just because Congress calls for that, and then I believe the judges feel very strongly that when someone breaches the public trust, that that is a very serious matter.
The ten-year sentence is tougher than federal sentencing guidelines. In imposing the sentence, US District Judge Henry E. Hudson told Forbes, “You had an aura of responsibility and you abused that trust.”
Forbes was immediately taken into custody.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News