The investigation began in January when a city audit that revealed Richmond Public Works Director Emmanuel Adediran, a member of Jones’ church, used work email to send and receive messages related to church business.
Jones and his son Derik are the pastors at First Baptist Church of South Richmond.
“For the lack of evidence to establish probable cause of any of the three foregoing theories of criminal conduct, we cannot recommend the filing of any criminal charges to the Multi-jurisdictional Grand Jury,” Herring wrote. “The investigation raises suspicion and concern about the opaque governance, and calls into question the credibility of many of the involved parties, these facts do not constitute probable cause for prosecution under the Commonwealth’s public corruption laws.”
Herring plans to further explain his findings in a 10:30 a.m. press conference.
The audit that prompted the investigation revealed the emails were sent when Adediran should have been doing city work.
More than 600 city emails obtained by CBS 6 showed Adediran was kept up to speed on virtually every step of construction on Jones’ new $5.3 million church.
Emails covered topics like his participation in conference calls and on-site meetings, construction, equipment purchasing, design, and church landscaping.
Mayor Jones was copied on more than 100 emails, a CBS 6 investigation revealed.
Mayor Jones then requested Virginia State Police investigate the matter.
State Police later given permission by a grand jurylooked into a possible illegal overlap between the construction of the church and the mayor himself, as well as his staff.
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