Judge denies Jon Creighton's request to travel to Puerto Rico

FILE - Jon Creighton (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

A judge has denied a former Buncombe County leader's request to travel to Puerto Rico as he awaits sentencing on federal charges related to a contractor kickback scheme.

Jon Creighton had asked the court in early December to allow him to spend Christmas in Puerto Rico.

"Importantly, though, Defendant (Creighton) has not only been charged in this case but he has also entered a plea of guilty as to one count and is awaiting sentencing, a process through which Defendant could face significant penalties, including imprisonment, a substantial fine, and years of supervised release," Judge W. Carleton Metcalf said in court documents that were signed on Dec. 11, 2018.

Creighton, along with former county managers Wanda Greene and Mandy Stone, was charged with conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States.

Creighton pleaded guilty on Oct. 30, 2018, on a charge related to demanding gifts and trips in exchange for giving out county business, as well as not using paid time off for those trips, and expensing personal costs while away.

According to sentencing guidelines laid out in a plea agreement, Creighton could be sentenced to a maximum of five years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both, and no more than three years supervised release.

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