- Associated Press - Sunday, September 7, 2014

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) - A north-central West Virginia mayor facing drug charges has filed for personal bankruptcy.

Bridgeport Mayor Mario Blount filed for Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy on Friday.

The Exponent Telegram (https://bit.ly/1rW4eXT ) reports that Blount’s filing lists $185,432.84 in assets and more than $1.5 million in liabilities.

Blount is charged in a federal information with conspiracy to possess and distribute schedule II controlled substances, distribution of oxymorphone and false or fraudulent material omission.

The mayor is a pharmacist. His bankruptcy lawyer Tom Fluharty, tells the newspaper that the mayor is currently working as a roofer because he hasn’t been able to work as a pharmacist.

In the criminal case, U.S. District Judge Irene Keeley has scheduled a change of plea hearing for Sept. 12.


Information from: The Exponent Telegram, https://www.theet.com

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