Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

June 26, 2013

Ex-Pineville official sentenced for stealing funds from Wyoming, McDowell counties

Associated Press

BECKLEY —  A former Pineville official who admitted stealing public funds has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Former Town Manager Brandee Phillips-Ellis also must spend three years on supervised release after she completes the sentence.

Phillips-Ellis had pleaded guilty in March to a federal theft charge.

Prosecutors say the 30-year-old Phillips-Ellis took the money from the Wyoming County town and from SAFE Housing Economic Development Inc. in McDowell County.

The Register-Herald reports that U.S. District Judge Irene Berger sentenced Phillips-Ellis on Tuesday in Beckley.

Berger told Phillips-Ellis that her conduct affected many people and its impact potentially could be long term.

Phillips-Ellis told the judge that she was ashamed of her actions.