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Former Mayor of Clinchco Guilty of Fraud

The former mayor of Clinchco, Virginia in Dickenson County, was sentenced Thursday in Federal Court to fraud charges stemming from her use of town funds used to make improvements and repairs to her home while she was Mayor.

Peggy Sue Stanley Mickens, 50, of Clinchco, Virginia, previously pled guilty on Thursday to one count of theft concerning programs receiving Federal funds, one count of mail fraud and one count of wire fraud. Mickens was sentenced to imprisonment for a term of six months and was ordered to pay restitution to the Town of Clincho in the amount of $6,179.47.

According to evidence presented at previous hearings by Russel County Commonwealth’s Attorney and Special Assistant United States Attorney Brian Patton, Mickens was elected Mayor of Clincho in May 2012, at which she gained access to, and possession of the town’s banking instrument, credit cards, invoices and banking statements.

In 2013, Clincho received approximately $20,000 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) via a Community Development Block Grant, to be used to rehabilitate homes and/or construct new homes in the town. Mickens, without any type of procurement or formalities or approval, hired a contractor to remodel her home and paid for it from the town’s BB&T bank account via checks signed by her. The defendant took these actions without the knowledge or consent of town officials.

Mickens also fraudulently used a Lowe’s credit card maintained by the Town of Clincho, without the knowledge or consent of town officials, to charge $662 from the Lowe’s store in Wise, Virginia to obtain materials for her personal home.