Mike Comer was sentenced to 15 years, all but 18 months suspended, for embezzling funds from the Glenmore Community Association.
The Albemarle County man accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from Glenmore Community Association is going to jail. Tuesday, Mike Comer was sentenced to 15 years behind bars by Judge Cheryl Higgins.
A majority of it was suspended and in the end Comer will serve 18 months. In Albemarle County Circuit Court, prosecutors said Comer betrayed the trust of hundreds of people. Comer said he understands that and accepts full responsibility.
"Never has he ever pointed the finger in any direction but his own, 'My decision; I accept responsibility,'" said Comer's attorney Blair Howard.
"Embezzlement is a crime that often happens in the dark without anyone's knowledge until long after the consequences have been afflicted," Assistant Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney Elliott Casey said.
Comer pleaded guilty in April to a number of charges including embezzlement and money laundering.
Comer has been in jail for four months. Under Virginia law he will have to serve 85 percent of his sentence.
• Mike Comer was the treasurer for the Glenmore Community Association, president of the Glenmore Country Club and an employee of Glenmore Associates, a development group.
• July 01, 2009 – Reported missing by family. Mike Comer was last seen around noon on Wednesday headed out for a hike near Wintergreen ski resort.
• July 02, 2009 – Wintergreen police and Nelson County Sheriff end search for Comer.
• July 06, 2009 - The Glenmore Community Association released a statement to the press saying Comer failed to show for a July 1 meeting to discuss incomplete data when he disappeared. The association replaced Comer as treasurer and took away his bank access to community funds.
• July 20, 2009 - Glenmore Community Association issues statement "We have confirmed that sufficient funds are available to continue ongoing operations and maintenance, and for payment of all bills. However, the audit has revealed that a total of $666,446 is missing from our operating and reserve accounts due to apparently unauthorized activity by Mr. Comer over the last four years. Unauthorized checks were issued from the association to Glenmore Associates, and incoming payments from Glenmore Country Club were recorded, but not in fact received. (Glenmore Country Club is wholly owned by Glenmore Associates)."
• July 21, 2009 – Comer's wife Kandi issues statement.
• July 21, 2009 – FBI and Albemarle County police investigating missing money.
• July 24, 2009 – Wife puts two homes up for sale.
• July 27, 2009 – Comer turns himself in at the Mountain Inn at Wintergreen. The Mountain Inn is located about 100 yards from where crews searched for him earlier in July.
• July 27, 2009 – Comer arrested by Albemarle County Police on 5 counts of embezzlement.
• July 28, 2009 – Appears in Albemarle County General District Court via video from the Charlottesville – Albemarle Regional Jail. Comer released on bond.
• December 2009 – Court appearance - Indicted on embezzlement charges, plea arrangement reportedly in the works.
• January 28, 2010 – Court appearance – expected to enter plea agreement or plead to charges, hearing postponed.
• February 01, 2010 - Court appearance - status hearing – attorney stated he will plead guilty on April 13, no plea agreement in place.
• April 13, 2010 – Court appearance - pleaded guilty to embezzlement as part of a plea agreement.
• June 30, 2010 – Court appearance – scheduled for sentencing, case delayed.
• July 01, 2010 - Court appearance - sentencing date set for Tuesday, August 3 at 4:30 p.m.