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Former southwest Virginia official admits he charged groceries, other goods to town card


ABINGDON, Virginia — A former assistant town manager of Abingdon faces a prison term and a fine after admitting he used his town-issued credit card to buy groceries and electronics and for other personal purchases.

The government says 37-year-old William Garrett Jackson agreed Monday to pay restitution of more than $76,000 in personal expenses he put on the credit card from 2007 to 2014.

The U.S. attorney's office says Jackson entered a guilty plea in federal court to one count of fraud.

Besides groceries and electronics, prosecutors say Jackson also purchased a subscription to Netflix and paid his personal cell phone bills with the town card.

Jackson could be sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined up to $250,000.

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