By JOSH SELFELL/AP FILEBY LYNCHBURG, Va.
— A former senior executive with a major telecommunications company is accused of using a fake email account to solicit donations, the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia said in a statement Tuesday.
Lynchburg-based Harris Corp. and Lynchstown-based Hewlett-Packard Co. are accused of soliciting and accepting donations totaling more than $100,000 over a 10-year period, prosecutors said.
In court documents, Harris spokeswoman Mary Schreiner said the email was created by an employee, not a third party, and that the company did not use the account in any way to solicit any donation.
Harris and Hewlett did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The statement does not say who created the email account.
Prosecutors said they are investigating allegations that the companies violated the U,D.C. Anti-Corruption Act by using fraudulent mailings and other actions to conceal contributions to political campaigns and other political entities.
Harries spokeswoman Laura O’Malley said the company does not comment on pending litigation.
She did not say how much money Harris paid for the alleged mailings.
In a statement, Lynchburg Mayor Richard H. Lynch Jr. called the allegations “outrageous.”
Lynchburg is a part of the federal government and the city is a hub for federal, state and local law enforcement, he said.
Lynchburg-area police are investigating the allegations.