Last week’s shocking announcement of Essex Deputy County Administrator Linda Lumpkin’s departure from politics sent many local tongues wagging and after a press release from the Virginia State Police (VSP), there may be some truth behind the swirling rumors.
On June 30, the following statement was released by VSP Sgt. Thomas J. Molnar:
“The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Richmond Field Office is conducting an investigation of Linda Lumpkin,” Molnar said. “The investigation began after it received an allegation involving fraud. At the request of the Essex County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, upon completion of the investigation the case will be presented to the Office of Attorney General for a prosecutive decision.”
Further inquiry from Essex Commonwealth’s Attorney Vince Donahue confirmed that records from Lumpkin’s office are currently under review.
“Please consider this letter my response to your Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Virginia Code § 2.2-3700 et seq.) request for records regarding a criminal investigation into outgoing Deputy County Administrator Linda Lumpkin,” Donahue said in a press release.
“Since the records you requested are part of a criminal investigative file and any release would likely jeopardize an ongoing criminal investigation, it would not be appropriate for this office to release these records under the exemption from the Freedom of Information Act contained in Virginia Code § 2.2-3706.
“Under the Freedom of Information Act, I also have a responsibility to provide contact information for any other public bodies I have reason to believe may have the records you requested. After consultation with the Virginia State Bar, I have referred any investigation of the Deputy County Administrator to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation Section of the Virginia State Police and any charging decisions and potential criminal prosecution of the Deputy County Administrator to the Office of the Attorney General.
“Please feel free to contact them with any additional record requests in this matter. The Office of the Attorney General can be reached at 900 E. Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219 or you can submit your request online at www.ag.virginia.gov/ContactUsForm/ContactForm.aspx. You can contact the Bureau of Criminal Investigations Section of the Virginia State Police at PO Box 27472, Richmond, VA 23261. The Clerk of the Essex County Board of Supervisors (which is the County Administrator A. Reese Peck) may also have relevant records and can be reached at PO Box 1079, Tappahannock, Virginia or by email at email@example.com.
Lumpkin had not returned calls regarding the investigation as of presstime on Monday.