WCHS Eyewitness News Home Charleston Eyewitness Newsroom Charleston Storm Team Weather Sports News TV Program Schedule Community Mobile: Smartphone,Tablet and SMS text Get Connected SMS Text Facebook Twitter See-It,Shoot-It RSS News Feed Email List Tumblr


Williamson Mayor Charged In Federal Information

Reported: Apr. 15, 2014 10:33 AM EDT
Updated: Apr. 15, 2014 4:55 PM EDT
EYEWITNESS NEWS ONLINE WEBCAST VIDEO

News Image

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



MORE NEWS FROM EYEWITNESS NEWS
MU Opens New Learning Center
News
Aug. 27, 2014 12:58 PM EDT
A new learning center for Marshall students has opened ...
Full News Story and Video

Grant Money Helps Arts Throughout Mountain State
News
Aug. 27, 2014 12:39 PM EDT
The arts in the West Virginia just got a big chunk ...
Full News Story and Video

Police Say Woman Faces Domestic Battery Charge After Hitting Her 2-Year-Old
News
Aug. 27, 2014 12:02 PM EDT
Police said a Kanawha County woman is facing a domestic ...
Full News Story


News Trial Date For Kanawha County Prosecutor Uncertain
Aug. 27, 2014 12:36 PM EDT
News Pre-Paid Cards Being Used To Get Money From Victims
Aug. 27, 2014 12:34 PM EDT
News Military Says Jet That Crashed In Virginia Based In Massachusetts: Status Of Pilot Unknown
Aug. 27, 2014 1:00 PM EDT
News Police Say Suspect Wanted In Murder Could Be In Multiple Cities Throughout WV
Aug. 27, 2014 12:38 PM EDT
News Several Employees Arrested After Alleged Riverside High Thefts
Aug. 27, 2014 12:43 PM EDT
News Interstate 64 Reopens Following Accident
Aug. 27, 2014 9:25 AM EDT
News Wayne Road Repairs Affects Bus Routes
Aug. 26, 2014 11:13 PM EDT
News Final Two Suspects Sought In Foodland Robbery Arrested
Aug. 27, 2014 12:37 PM EDT
News National Health Groups Demanding Regulations On Booming E-Cig Industry
Aug. 26, 2014 10:03 PM EDT
News After Several Acts of Crime, Neighbors Hoping For Normalcy
Aug. 26, 2014 9:48 PM EDT
News New Upscale Housing Subdivision to Relieve Housing Stress in Hurricane
Aug. 26, 2014 10:02 PM EDT
News Charleston Mayor Calls For Second Review Of Gardner Case
Aug. 26, 2014 9:32 PM EDT
News School Bus Accident Reminds Drivers Of Dangerous Stretch On Route 35
Aug. 26, 2014 6:36 PM EDT
News Former Logan County Teacher Arrested On Drug-Related Charges
Aug. 26, 2014 6:41 PM EDT
News Nine Kids Taken To Hospital After School Bus Wreck In Mason County
Aug. 26, 2014 5:45 PM EDT
News State Republicans Plan To Sue To Put Replacement Candidate On The Ballot
Aug. 26, 2014 5:43 PM EDT
News SugarBowl Foundation Hosting WVU, Alabama Game Watch Fundraiser
Aug. 26, 2014 5:34 PM EDT
News Kentucky State Troopers Hike Grand Canyon To Honor Officers
Aug. 26, 2014 5:06 PM EDT
News Ground Broken For Phase One Of Huntington Skate Park Project
Aug. 26, 2014 6:06 PM EDT
News Heart Transplant Families Meet For The First Time
Aug. 26, 2014 4:42 PM EDT
News Deputies Say Wyoming County Man Arrested On Multiple Sex Charges
Aug. 26, 2014 4:33 PM EDT
News Appeals Court Revives Blair Mountain Lawsuit
Aug. 26, 2014 3:50 PM EDT
News WVU Band To Perform In McDowell County
Aug. 26, 2014 6:21 PM EDT
News Man Sentenced In Investment Scheme
Aug. 26, 2014 2:54 PM EDT
News Celebrating Women's Equality Day
Aug. 26, 2014 1:19 PM EDT
News Man Charged With Rape Of 12-Year-Old
Aug. 26, 2014 1:14 PM EDT
News WV Firefighter Shares Story Of Assisting CA Fire Crews On Wildfire
Aug. 26, 2014 1:01 PM EDT
News Four WV Nurses Allowed To Work Amid Drug Test Woes
Aug. 26, 2014 12:10 PM EDT
News Bond Reduced For Man Charged With Wanton Endangerment
Aug. 26, 2014 11:55 AM EDT
News New Program Aimed At Helping Farmers' Business Grow
Aug. 26, 2014 1:07 PM EDT


Advertise on WCHS-TV Online

West Virginia News
Ex-W.Va. mail carrier sentenced for drug activity

A former mail carrier will spend three years on probation for making drug deals while on the job.
Full Story

Kentucky News
Kentucky gets $20 million grant for energy study

Democrats and Republicans gathered Wednesday to celebrate a $20 million federal grant designed to move Kentucky to new forms of energy, a tricky subject in a state dominated by the coal industry.
Full Story

Ohio News
Court: Threat records on Ohio governor not public

The state of Ohio acted legally in withholding records documenting threats against Republican Gov. John Kasich from a political blogger who requested them, the Ohio Supreme Court decided Wednesday.
Full Story







Fugitive Files Tuesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

West Virginia Wildlife Wednesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

ABC News web site







Send Mail Send email to news@wchstv.com for information or comments concerning WCHS-TV Eyewitness News.
Copyright ©2014, WCHS-TV8. Portions are Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.

WCHS ABC 8 provides local news, weather forecasts, traffic updates, notices of events and items of interest in the community, sports and entertainment programming for Charleston and nearby towns and communities in the Tri-State area, including Huntington, Dunbar, Marmet, Montgomery, Nitro, South Charleston, St. Albans, Cedar Grove, Chesapeake, Clendenin, East Bank, Glasgow, Pratt, Cross Lanes, Elkview, Pinch, Sissonville, Big Chimney, Cabin Creek, Chelyan, Davis Creek, Institute, Jefferson, Loudendale, Mink Shoals, Pocatalico, Quick, Quincy, Rand, Buffalo, Eleanor, Hurricane, Nitro, Poca, Winfield, Culloden, Fraziers Bottom, Hometown, Red House, Scott Depot, Teays Valley, Danville, Madison, Hamlin, Logan, Chapmanville, Man, Delbarton, Kermit, Gilbert, Matewan, Williamson, Summersville, Richwood, Flatwoods, Gassaway, Sutton, Spencer, Ravenswood, Ripley, Mason, Point Pleasant, Ashland, Pikeville, Ironton, Portsmouth, Gallipolis, and Athens.