Brandy Lee Sullivan entered a plea of no contest Aug. 19 in Jackson County Superior Court to the felony charge of malfeasance of a corporate officer, District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch said.
In a no-contest plea, the defendant does not expressly admit his guilt, but waives his right to a trial and authorizes the court to treat him as if he were guilty of the charge.
Superior Court Judge Marvin Pope sentenced Sullivan, 52, to a suspended sentence of six to 17 months, along with 18 months of unsupervised probation.
District Attorney Welch said that Sullivan, while serving in June 2017 as chairman of the board of directors for Glenville-Cashiers Rescue Squad, used agency funds to falsely inflate his company’s financial condition.
Sullivan transferred rescue squad funds to his company’s bank account to meet conditions of the N.C. Licensing Board for General Contractors.
Sullivan was seeking an increase from the general contractor board in his license limitations as a general contractor. He needed an unlimited license to enter into a $1.9 million building contract with the rescue squad to construct a new building.
Sullivan returned the funds to the rescue squad six days after the transfer.
“He used his position to misapply funds to perpetrate fraud,” said Andy Buckner, the assistant district attorney who prosecuted the case.“The fact that he returned the returned the funds to the rescue squad does not change the nature of the fraud he committed.”
The State Bureau of Investigation led the investigation.