Former delegate pleads guilty to defrauding US government

Former delegate pleads guilty to defrauding US government


ALSO NOW AT 6– FACING THE POSSIBILITY OF PRISON. A WELL-KNOWN FACE IN LOCAL AND STATE POLITICS– PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL CRIMES. (TOM) RON VILLANUEVA FESSES UP TO CLAIMS HE COMMITTED FRAUD. IN THE COMING MONTHS– HE’LL BE PAYING THE PRICE. (TOM) FOR MORE THAN A DECADE– RON VILLANUEVA SERVED THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA BEACH ON BOTH A CITY AND STATE LEVEL. (ANITA) TONIGHT– THE LONGTIME FORMER CITY COUNCILMAN AND STATE DELEGATE IS PREPARING TO POSSIBLY SERVE TIME. VILLANUEVA PLEADED GUILTY TODAY TO ONE COUNT OF DEFRAUDING THE GOVERNMENT. AND COME THIS SUMMER– HE’LL COME FACE TO FACE WITH THE PUNISHMENT FOR THOSE CRIMES. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S MARIELENA BALOURIS HAS MORE ON TODAY’S GUILTY PLEA. MARIELENA? (MARIELENA) A 22-PAGE-LONG INDICTMENT LAYS OUT THE CHARGES AGAINST VILLANUEVA. THOSE INCLUDE DEFRAUDING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, FALSIFYING RECORDS, AND HELPING OTHER PEOPLE FALSIFY RECORDS. TODAY — HE PLEADED GUILTY TO DEFRAUDING THE GOVERNMENT — AND NOW WAITS FOR HIS SENTENCE. (MARIELENA BALOURIS REPORTING) RON VILLANUEVA HAS SERVED HIS COMMUNITY FOR YEARS. BUT THE FORMER CITY COUNCILMAN AND STATE DELEGATE IS NOW A CONVICTED CRIMINAL — AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO DEFRAUDING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. INVESTIGATORS SAY HE PARTICIPATED IN A NINE- YEAR CONSPIRACY INVOLVING MORE THAN 80 MILLION DOLLARS IN FRADULENTLY OBTAINED GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS. SPECIFICALLY — VILLANUEVA CONSPIRED WITH TWO OTHER PEOPLE TO HELP TWO VIRGINIA BEACH COMPANIES GET CONTRACTS FROM THE SMALL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION. DURING PART OF THE CONSPIRACY, VILLANUEVA WAS A MEMBER OF THE VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY. VILLANUEVA FACES OTHER CHARGES — INCLUDING FALSIFYING RECORDS AND HELPING OTHERS FILE FALSE DOCUMENTS. HIS DEFENSE ATTORNEY SAYS THOSE CHARGES WILL BE DISMISSED AT THE SENTENCING HEARING. THOMAS BONDURANT, DEFENSE ATTORNEY THE GOVERNMENT’S AGREED TO MOVE TO DISMISS THE CHARGES. IT WON’T OFFICIALLY BE DONE UNTIL THE SENTENCING HEARING. VILLANUEVA RELEASED A STATEMENT TODAY — SAYING IN PART THAT HE HAS “COME TO A PAINFUL INTERSECTION” IN HIS LIFE THAT “RUNS CONTRARY TO EVERYTHING” HE HAS WORKED AND STOOD FOR. HE SAYS HE REGRETS HIS “POOR JUDGEMENT” AND SHOULD HAVE “ADHERED TO THE LAW.” THOMAS BONDURANT, DEFENSE ATTORNEY RON GOT INVOLVED IN THE BUSINESS, HE GOT IN A GRAY AREA AND A GRAY AREA BECAME CRIMINAL VIOLATIONS. SO HE FOUND HIMSELF CAUGHT UP IN THIS AND HE’S ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT HE DID AND HE HOPES TO MOVE FORWARD WITH HIS LIFE AFTER THIS VILLANUEVA ALSO SAYS HE “ACCEPTS FULL RESPONSIBILITY” AND UNDERSTANDS THE CONSEQUENCES OF HIS ACTIONS. (MARIELENA) THE PROSECUTION IS ASKING FOR MORE THAN 1-MILLION DOLLARS IN RESTITUTION. VILLANUEVA COULD ALSO FACE UP TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON. THAT WILL ALL BE DETERMINED AT HIS SENTENCING HEARING, WHICH IS IN JULY. I’M MARIELENA BALOURIS,

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