October 12, 2010
A Sterling Oil executive has been charged with defrauding the Virginia Energy Assistance Program.
Local media outlets report that a Lynchburg grand jury charged Sterling Oil Vice President Donna Beeler-Hensley earlier this month with 124 counts of government fraud.
Beeler-Hensley's attorney, Thomas J. Bondurant Jr., said Monday in a statement that the defense won't comment on the case's specifics because it hasn't seen the state's evidence. Bondurant said the company and the Beeler family are shocked by the charges.
Lynchburg-based Sterling Oil was a contractor for the state program. Beeler-Hensley is accused of altering applications for energy assistance.