Michael Comer from his days as the president of Glenmore Country Club, left, and after he spent a month on the lam in Nelson County.
Convicted embezzler Michael Comer stood before a judge today in
federal court for the final sentencing in a string of charges
that came to light when the Glenmore homeowners association
discovered it was missing money–- and its former treasurer.
Kandi Comer, his wife, and her sister, Mo Gaffney, sat in the
back of the courtroom as U.S. District Court Judge Norman Moon
sentenced a gray-striped, prison-garbed Comer to 36 months on tax
fraud and mail fraud charges stemming from embezzlement of Glenmore
Associates, PBK Real Estate, and Kessler Enterprises–- companies
associated with his wife's family.
Comer had already pleaded guilty. Between 2003 and 2009, he
admitted he filed false income tax returns and had $2,548,212 in
unreported, taxable income. He agreed to repay the additional
income tax that's at least $933,028.
Comer's lawyer, Blair Howard from Warrenton, pleaded with the
judge to consider Comer's children and the letters written by his
mother-in-law, Peggy Kessler, and sister-in-law Gaffney, both
victimized by Comer's financial machinations.
"It's true he betrayed his family," acknowledges Howard. "He
used assets to buy a better way of life for his family." That
included private school tuition for his two children.
Howard also noted Comer had n...