Investigation and trial ends in multiple counts of fraud

The Page County Sheriff Department and the Circuit Court of Page Country have concluded a three-year investigation and the five-day trial of Wayne and Sabrina Knott.

Under the business name of Knott Roofing, they took advance down payments for new roofs.

After several months of receiving complaints that roofs had not been completed and the Knotts would not communicate with them, the Sheriff’s Department opened an investigation.

They were convicted of nearly 100 felony counts of construction fraud, obtaining money by false pretenses, conspiracy to obtain money by false pretenses, and conspiracy to commit construction fraud.

Sentencing will begin February 14, 2024.

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18 guilty pleas of unemployment commission fraud in VA

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Virginia’s Attorney General Jason Miyares announced yesterday 18 guilty pleas to charges of obtaining money by false pretenses between March 2023 and June 2023.

A total of $212,080 was ordered in restitution to compensate got unemployment funds received from the Virginia Employment Commission due to fraudulent filings during the pandemic.

Attorney General Miyraes said, “I am proud of the work my Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit and our law enforcement partners do to ensure that those who attempt to abuse Virginia’s unemployment compensation systems are held accountable for their wrong and illegal actions.”

The guilty pleas follow the VEC’s March 2022 request for help of the AG Miyares to help prosecute fraudulent claims.

The announcement was made in result of a collaborative effort between numerous state agencies including the VEC and the Virginia Office of Attorney General Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit.

Departments conducting the investigations included the Virginia Marine Police, U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General, and the Virginia State Inspector General.

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