- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) - The former CEO of the Bristol Virginia Utilities Authority has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge stemming from a corruption investigation that already has sent several people to prison.

The government says 45-year-old Wes Rosenbalm entered his plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Abingdon.

Evidence presented by U.S. prosecutors show that the Johnson City, Tennessee, man and others evaded income taxes and conspired to solicit kickbacks for the awarding of contracts to vendors of the utility. Among the solicitations by Rosenbalm were tickets to Kentucky basketball games.

Rosenbalm has agreed to pay restitution and other payments totaling approximately $200,000, and he also faces fines.

At his sentencing, he could get up to five years in prison.

Rosenbalm was CEO at the authority for 11 years, ending in January 2014.

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