Former IOW school chairman to serve jail time

Published 8:42 am Friday, December 16, 2016

A former Isle of Wight County School Board chairman has been sentenced to serve six months in jail for credit card fraud, identity theft and 15 counts of grand larceny, according to information from Virginia Courts on Dec. 7.

Kent Elvis Hildebrand of Carrollton had been arrested on July 20, 2015, following a months-long investigation that he had stolen from an elderly person living in a mobile home park that he managed.

Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Tommy Potter stated that at the time of the arrest, “the investigation determined that over a seven-year period Hildebrand had stolen over $200,000 from the victim.”

Hildebrand represented the Newport District of the school division from November 2011 until mid March 2015. He suddenly announced his resignation claiming “personal reasons” for leaving.

Virginia Courts also reported that Hildebrand filed an Alford plea each time, which means he didn’t admit to the charges, but acknowledged that they could be proved.

The crimes took place ranging from July 1, 2008 to Jan. 1, 2015. Three of the sentences in grand larceny charges, which took place from Jan. 1, 2014 to Jan. 1, 2015, each had two-year terms with 1 year and 10 months suspended.

In addition to the jail time, Hildebrand must pay $70,000 in restitution and $6,929 in costs; he was given five years supervised probation.