VDOT Snow Removal Contractor Pleads Guilty to Fraud

March 27, 2012

A Staunton contractor accused of defrauding the Virginia Department of Transportation has pleaded guilty to commercial fraud.

Thirty-two-year-old Jeffrey T. Jennings faces up to 15 years in prison.

The News Leader reports that Jennings entered his plea Monday in August County Circuit Court. In exchange for his plea, seven counts of obtaining money by false pretenses were dropped.

The state contracted with Jennings' company, Legacy Builders, for snow removal services. Augusta County chief deputy prosecutor Rupen Shah said Jennings filed paperwork with the Department of Transportation between 2007 and 2009 falsely claiming his fleet of vehicles was insured.

Shah says Jennings received thousands of dollars in fees.

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