RICHMOND – Augusta County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tim Martin has been named as a particular prosecutor who will lead an investigation into Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s dealing with of a $1.8 million contract reportedly given to one in every of his donors to take away town’s accomplice statues.
Martin was appointed Friday, based on a courtroom order signed by Chief Judge Joi J. Taylor.
In August, Richmond media reported Stoney agreed to pay the agency of NAH LLC, allegedly a shell firm created 10 days earlier than the mayor ordered the removing of town’s accomplice statues, the order mentioned.
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Stoney has been accused of not conducting a fair-market worth evaluation of the work, however the metropolis’s director of procurement mentioned the mayor acted lawfully.
On Aug. 18, Richmond Councilwoman Kimberly Gray requested Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette McEachin to conduct an investigation.
However, the order mentioned McEachin’s husband additionally obtained political donations in 2011 from the identical agency concerned within the statue removals, prompting the necessity for a particular prosecutor to be introduced in.
Martin is a former Richmond prosecutor.
“Since I’ve just been appointed, I don’t yet have enough information to comment about the substance of the matter,” Martin mentioned Saturday. “I do appreciate the confidence of the Richmond Circuit Court in having selected me. I’ll make sure the investigation is thorough and unbiased”