- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Ethics Commission has issued a public reprimand for a former Barbour County sheriff.

The commission’s reprimand announced Friday also requires ex-Sheriff John W. Hawkins to pay a $1,000 fine and undergo ethics training.

The commission says that Hawkins admitted taking $190 collected by the sheriff’s office for public copying fees.

Hawkins resigned in early 2014.

Later that year, Hawkins was sentenced in federal court in Elkins to a year and a day in prison for mail fraud. He also was ordered to pay restitution.

Hawkins admitted in federal court to staging an automobile accident in April 2013 to receive an insurance payment of nearly $8,300. He used his office email account to communicate with an insurer about the claim, which was paid.

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