WVa Contractor Pleads Guilty

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A former web developer for a state government contractor has pleaded guilty to his role in diverting federal grant money.

Martin Bowling, 30, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

He faces up to four years in federal prison.

His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 3.

Bowling, of Cross Lanes, admitted falsifying documents relating to a $100,000 training grant awarded by Workforce West Virginia to Comar Inc., a firm Bowling worked for.

Bowling said in court he and others used the paperwork to pay a $5,000 payment to his girlfriend, who did no work on the project.

Bowling then collected the $5,000 as a bonus.

A federal grand jury is still hearing testimony on the case.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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