The city of Martinsville turned over evidence city Attorney Eric Monday has collected in his investigation of the failed Henricopolis School of Medicine and Noel Boaz, its creator. They are asking the Commonwealth Attorney, the Attorney General, and the U.S. District Attorney to consider criminal charges, or whether the city has a civil case after being required to pay the state Tobacco fund $780,000 as a cosigner of a grant with strings attached.

City Press Release:

City Concludes Medical School Investigation

Martinsville, VA (November 5, 2018) — Martinsville City Council is announcing the completion of the internal investigation by the City Attorney’s office of the College of Henricopolis School of Medicine project. In 2014 the City received an $800,000 Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission related to development of the medical school project. Conditions of the grant stipulated requirements related to both new employment and capital investment within a prescribed period of time. When the project failed to meet either requirement, and the medical school was unable to continue– having no assets other than its building on Fayette Street, the City was ordered to repay $780,000 of the original $800,000 amount, over a 5-year repayment period.

City Council requested the City Attorney’s office to conduct an investigation into the project financials to ensure the funds allocated to the project were properly administered. After a time-consuming review of thousands of documents and testimony taken under oath, a court order has been entered by Martinsville Circuit Court Judge Carter Greer authorizing the City Attorney’s office to release the investigative materials together with conclusions and recommendations to the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, the Attorney General’s office, and the U. S. District Attorney’s office for their consideration of potential criminal or civil proceedings. The file remains exempt from public disclosure until these offices have reached their own conclusions on how or whether they wish to proceed.

Blue Ridge Bank, which holds a deed of trust on the proposed site of the medical school on Fayette Street, is in the process of foreclosing upon it. Once the foreclosure is complete, Blue Ridge Bank will donate the entire property to the City. “We appreciate the generosity of Blue Ridge Bank to the people of Martinsville,” said Mayor Gene Teague. “Blue Ridge’s commitment to our community is the one bright spot to come out of this disappointing experience, and we are confident this site will play a major role in the ongoing revitalization of Martinsville, and the Fayette Street corridor.”

VIRGINIA: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE CITY OF MARTINS VILLE
IN RE: NOEL T. BOAZ, et al.,

INVESTIGATION BY MARTINSVILLE CITY COUNCIL
CODE OF VIRGINIA § 15.2-1409
PETITION FOR RELEASE OF INVESTIGATIVE EVIDENCE

COMES NOW the City of Martinsville by its City Attorney and requests modification of an Order previously entered by this Court governing non-disclosure of evidence obtained during the course of an investigation.

In support thereof, the City certifies that it has concluded the investigation conducted under its authority in Code of Virginia § 15.2-1409, relating to Henricopolis Holding, Inc., Integrative Centers for Science and Medicine, Inc., and College of Henricopolis School of Medicine, Inc., and that it wishes to convey its investigative materials and conclusions to (1) the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Martinsville, (2) the Attorney General of Virginia, and (3) the United States District Attorney for the Western District of Virginia for their consideration of potential criminal and/or civil actions.

The City notes that the preceding Order prohibits disclosure to any third party entities until such type of certification has been made.

WHEREFORE, the City requests permission to convey its investigative materials and conclusions to (1) the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Martinsville, (2) the Attorney General of Virginia, and (3) the United States District Attorney for the Western District of Virginia for their consideration of potential criminal and/or civil actions.

The City further requests that, pursuant to Virginia law, and in order to preserve the ability of these entities to conduct their own investigation and reach their own conclusions free of external interference, all investigative materials shall remain exempt from disclosure to any other third parties, and exempt from disclosure under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act until, such time as the City and the three offices listed herein have concluded such criminal or civil action as they deem appropriate to undertake, or at the discretion of the entities named herein.

Respectfully submitted this 30th day of October, 2018.

Eric Helms Monday, VS13, 38839
Attorney for the City of Martinsville, Virginia
Post Office Box 4663, Martinsville, Virginia 24115
Phone: 276.252.1032 Fax: 276.403.5194
Email: emonday@ci.martinsville.va.us
Counsel for Petitioner

VIRGINIA: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE CITY OF MARTINSVILLE
IN RE: NOEL T. BOAZ, et al.,

INVESTIGATION BY MARTINSVILLE CITY COUNCIL
CODE OF VIRGINIA § 15.2-1409

ORDER CONCERNING RELEASE OF INVESTIGATIVE EVIDENCE

CAME THIS DAY the City of Martinsville by its City Attorney and requested modification of an Order previously entered by this Court governing non-disclosure of evidence obtained during the course of an investigation. In support thereof, the City certified that it has concluded the investigation conducted under its authority in Code of Virginia § 15.2-1409, relating to Henricopolis Holding, Inc., Integrative Centers for Science and Medicine, Inc., and College of Henricopolis School of Medicine, Inc., and that it wishes to convey its investigative materials and conclusions to (1) the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Martinsville, (2) the Attorney General of Virginia, and (3) the United States District Attorney for the Western District of Virginia for their consideration of potential criminal and/or civil actions. The City notes that the preceding Order prohibits disclosure to any third party entities until such type of certification has been made.

Good cause having been shown, it is SO ORDERED:

The City may convey its investigative materials and conclusions to (1) the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Martinsville, (2) the Attorney General of Virginia, and (3) the United States District Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, for their consideration of potential criminal and/or civil actions.

It is FURTHER ORDERED that all such investigative materials shall remain exempt from disclosure to any other third parties, and exempt from disclosure under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act until such time as the City and the three offices listed herein have concluded such criminal or civil action as they deem appropriate to undertake, or at the discretion of the entities named herein.

G. Carter Greer
Circuit Court Judge

I ask for this:

Attorney for the City of Martinsville, Virginia
Post Office Box 4663, Martinsville, Virginia 24115
Phone: 276.252.1032 Fax: 276.403.5194
Email: emonday@ci.martinsville.va.us
Counsel for Petitioner