Hawkins set to be sentenced in Elkins

ELKINS – John Hawkins, the former Barbour County Sheriff who pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud in February, will be sentenced in federal court June 10.

The felony plea stems from an incident where Hawkins, 47, staged a motor vehicle accident in 2013, ultimately filing a false insurance claim with the assistance of one of his law enforcement officers.

Hawkins faces a sentence of up to 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000, among other penalties. He further is required to make restitution of $8,262.65 to Nationwide Insurance Co.

As part of the plea agreement, Hawkins was forced to resign as sheriff. He also had to relinquish his West Virginia Law Certification and agree not to serve in any law enforcement capacity in the future.