Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 15, 2014

Plea hearing set for former Williamson mayor

CHARLESTON, — Former Williamson Mayor Darrin McCormick is expected to plead guilty to charges of lying to federal authorities.

Court records show a guilty plea hearing for McCormick is set for Thursday in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

McCormick was charged in April with making a false statement to the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service regarding suspicious banking activity by Aracoma Contracting, LLC.

McCormick is the former manager of the Bank of Mingo’s Williamson branch.

Aracoma pleaded guilty last November to conspiracy to structure currency transactions. Prosecutors say the company structured cash withdrawals to avoid federal reporting requirements.

Prosecutors say Aracoma used the cash to meet payroll, avoid paying employment taxes, and bribe a former workers’ compensation auditor.

Aracoma was ordered in February to pay more than $4 million in restitution.

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