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Williamson Mayor Charged In Federal Information

Reported: Apr. 15, 2014 10:33 AM EDT
Updated: Apr. 15, 2014 4:55 PM EDT
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WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (Kennie Bass, Jeff Morris) -- Williamson Mayor Darrin McCormick has been charged in a federal information.

McCormick is charged with making a false statement regarding suspicious banking activity.

The information filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia said McCormick did "willfully and knowingly make materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement and representation in a matter within the jurisdiction of a department or agency of the United States, that is the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service, regarding suspicious banking activity conducted by Aracoma Contract, LLC, a contract labor company operating in and around Williamson, Mingo County, West Virginia with an account held at Bank of Mingo."

The filing of the information comes as McCormick stated in a letter to Williamson officials that he would be resigning from his post on April 30. He did not specify in the letter the reason for his resignation and declined to comment when he was contacted Tuesday by Eyewitness News. Sources close to the investigation said his resignation is a direct result of the agreement to plead guilty to the count in the information.

-- Photo Courtesy of the Williamson Daily News




WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris, Kennie Bass) – The mayor of Williamson has submitted his resignation letter.

Darrin McCormick said in a letter to city officials dated on Monday that he plans to step down April 30. He did not offer specific reasons. McCormick declined to comment on his decision on Tuesday when he was contacted by Eyewitness News.

McCormick was manager of the Williamson branch of the Bank of Mingo. Five people have been sentenced for their roles in an insurance scheme. Neither McCormick nor other Bank of Mingo officials have been charged for being part of the scheme. An FBI agent said in an affidavit he had "probable cause" to believe McCormick aided in a scheme to lower workers' compensation rates illegally.

In his resignation letter, McCormick said being elected and serving the citizens of Williamson "has been one of the most humbling and rewarding experiences of my life. It is my hope that by taking this action at this time that the city council members, staff and various boards of the city will continue the positive momentum of the many exciting projects and opportunities that are just on the horizon for our community. It is my desire to continue to support these many initiatives on a volunteer basis if permitted to do so.”

McCormick wrote that Williamson is fortunate to have officials and employees who are “competent, loyal and dedicated to maintaining the highest level of city services and advancing the quality of life of all our citizens. It has been my extreme honor to have worked with each and every one of you over the last nine years, and I can only hope that I have the opportunity to do so again.”

In closing his letter, McCormick said his “home and heart” will always be in Williamson.

-- Photo Courtesy of the Williamson Daily News



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