Hopewell councilwoman indicted over conflicts of interest

Press release from Hopewell Commonwealth's Attorney

HOPEWELL, VA - Earlier yesterday Hopewell City Councilor Brenda Pelham surrendered to Special Agents from the Virginia State Police's Bureau of Criminal Investigation after having been indicted on 13 counts of violating the State's Conflict of Interest Laws.

The Grand Jury indictments allege that Councilor Brenda Pelham knowingly failed to declare her conflict of interest in voting on school related matters 13 times between June 2006 and July 2010.  Each violation of §2.2-3115(G) is a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail and/or a $2,500.00 file.

The Judge of the Hopewell Circuit Court has entered an Order appointing Michael Herring, Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Richmond as a Special Prosecutor and he or his designee will be representing the Commonwealth of Virginia in their case against Brenda Pelham.

Any questions about the case should be referred to the Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.