Monday, December 7, 2009

Glenmore's Michael Comer Appears Before Grand Jury - Now Seeking Plea Bargain

Accused Glenmore embezzler Michael Comer appeared in Albemarle County Circuit Court today before a Grand Jury.  His attorney told the judge that he hopes to make a plea agreement, rather than face conviction for five felony counts of embezzlement; each carries a maximum of 20 years in prison. 

The updated case status appears below.  The result of today's hearing is entered as "True Bill," which is a decision from the Grand Jury, in writing, that it has heard enough evidence about an accused person that a crime was probably commited.

The next court date is January 28--but the type of hearing has yet to be determined.  

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keswick said...

with a name like "Comer" you don't want to spend time in the cooler

Anonymous47 said...

Does anyone know what really happened to the money? Did he take it? Did it go into another Glenmore-related account? Did it go into the family's personal account?

Anonymous said...

read the audit report

Anonymous47 said...

It seems the missing money in effect went to the developer, Glenmore Associates. That family-owned business has paid back half the money and says it will pay the rest within 12 months. If that's all there is to it, why has Michael Comer just been indicted on six counts of embezzlement?

Anonymous said...

Comer didn't have permission to take the Homeowner's Association money and give it to his family business. Or he didn't realize that by doing so he was comitting a crime. Or that messing up the books so badly even if it's done in stupidity is a crime. Or else he did. In any case the indictment indicates that there is enough information or "evidence" to go to trial. Or to seek a plea agreement.

Would you think "that's all" if Comer wasn't related to the Developer?

Don't forget he disappeared right before the external audit was to begin. Not that that's an admission of guilt but it might be indication he knew the books would show inconsistencies or losses.

Anonymous said...

IMO the amount of the loss warrants a full investigation and trial.
1. Accused fled and necessitated a search at taxpayer cost.
2. A simple accounting error would imply immediate restitution.
3. Homeowners' had no knowledge of and did not approve the transfer of funds.
4. Apparently there may be fraudulent or missing association tax filings.
5. The accused served as treasurer for more years than the preliminary audit.

If we don't take large scale embezzlement to trial, what message are we sending? "That's all."

Anonymous47 said...

By "If that's all there is to it," I certainly didn't mean he did nothing wrong. My point was that full restitution by a well-connected family often results in little or no punishment. I still wonder if there's another aspect to this.

Anonymous said...

Give credit to the Commonwealth Attorney's office who chose to pursue Comer regardless of the community association's decision not to press charges. The plea deal will deprive us a trial, but will more quickly send him away for time to reflect. The federal system awards jail time based on dollar damages. If the balance owed the association is paid off as part of the plea deal, 0 damages may argue for a hand-slapping. The indelible message will be what it has always been--cash affects outcomes.

Anonymous said...

If guilty, some tangible consequences for his actions (jail time) in addition to the 'money talks' criteria would indeed give the Commonwealth Attorney's office credibility.