Russell County official charged with Social Security fraud

LEBANON, Va. (AP) — A Russell County official and his company face federal charges of conspiring to defraud the Social Security Administration.

A federal grand jury indicted Russell County Board of Supervisors chairman Jonathan Bowerbank and EMATS Inc. this week. They are accused of conspiring with two former employees to falsify time sheets.

The indictment charges that Billy Leonard Vance’s time sheets were falsified so he could receive Social Security disability benefits. According to the indictment, hours worked by Vance were falsely reported as being worked by his wife, Brenda Gale Vance.

The Vances pleaded guilty in September 2013 to conspiring to defraud the federal government. Each received two years of probation.

Bowerbank’s attorney, Thomas Bondurant Jr., tells media outlets that the allegations are unfounded.


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