Waverly fire department treasurer admits to stealing $60,000

Published 2:05 pm Wednesday, May 5, 2010

NORFOLK — A Sussex County man admitted today to stealing $60,000 from Waverly Volunteer Fire Department while serving as its treasurer.

Arthur B. Barnes Jr., 34, had access to the fire department’s credit card and bank accounts, according to court records. From May 2007 through April 2009, Barnes used both to pay his personal expenses.

He pled guilty in Norfolk federal court to wire fraud.

Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after Barnes’s plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson. Barnes faces a maximum penalty of 20 in prison, a $250,000 fine and full restitution when he is sentenced on Aug. 4.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and Virginia State Police in Norfolk. Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Lee Martin is prosecuting the case.