Last year, Martin Bowling was sentenced to six months in federal prison and five years of probation. He was released Dec. 22. Gardner, the former director of West Virginia State University's Economic Development Center in Charleston, received three months of probation.
Comar's former CEO Al Hendershot was sentenced to six months at a federal work release center in Atlanta.
Comar formerly published West Virginia Executive and MetroValley magazines. The company no longer exists.
Earlier this week, Sen. Tom Coburn issued a report about waste, fraud and mismanagement in federal employment training programs. Coburn's report accompanied the release of a similar study by the Government Accountability Office.
The Oklahoma Republican's report cited the Workforce West Virginia grant scandal as one of the nation's most egregious examples of job training fraud in recent years. The report noted that Mary Jane Bowling steered the $100,000 grant to Comar in June 2008, even though Martin Bowling had been indicted on separate computer fraud charges in Kanawha Circuit Court two months earlier.
Coburn's report is available online at coburn.senate.gov/public/
Last July, the state Ethics Commission publicly reprimanded Mary Jane Bowling and fined her $1,000, after Bowling admitted she used her position for the financial gain of Gardner, Martin Bowling and Felty.
As part of an agreement with the commission, Mary Jane Bowling also agreed not to accept a state, county or municipal job, or run for public office, for 10 years.
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