- Associated Press - Saturday, December 13, 2014

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A special prosecutor says an investigation into whether Virginia Beach’s mayor broke any laws likely will last several months.

Michael Doucette, a commonwealth’s attorney in Lynchburg, was appointed last month to review votes cast by Mayor Will Sessoms involving clients of a bank where Sessoms is a division president.

Doucette told The Virginian-Pilot (https://bit.ly/1z70nuW) he is waiting for the Attorney General’s office to appoint a State Police detective to help review six years of votes by Sessoms.

The newspaper has reported that Sessoms has taken dozens of votes since 2009 that benefited TowneBank clients. The bank has suspended Sessoms with pay pending its own investigation. Sessoms has denied wrongdoing.

The newspaper’s investigation found the bank clients had borrowed at least $140 million and that Sessoms rarely recused himself from voting.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, https://pilotonline.com

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