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Brief: Todmann Pleads Not Guilty to Corruption Charges

Feb. 8, 2008 — In an arraignment hearing that only lasted a few minutes, former GERS administrator Willis C. Todmann pleaded not guilty in V.I. Superior Court Thursday to charges of embezzlement, conversion of government property, forgery and grand larceny.
The charges stem from a nine-month criminal investigation that was triggered in April 2007 after the Attorney General's Office received a complaint alleging that Todmann had "wrongfully" been collecting two paychecks during his tenure at the Government Employees' Retirement System, resulting in nearly $113,000 in unauthorized payments and $33,462 in retroactive payments between February 2006 and February 2007.
Todmann also allegedly forged a memo from GERS' board chairman Carver Farrow authorizing the payment of an additional salary, according to court documents.
Without revealing any details, GERS' board members placed Todmann on administrative leave last year. Todmann resigned soon after — the same day board members went public with financial irregularities without linking the two events.
Though a trial date has not yet been set, Todmann's case has been assigned to V.I. Superior Court Judge Leon Kendall.

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