Former Union mayor Bruce Morgan has apparently been released from prison but the conditions of his release and his current whereabouts are unknown.
WBCU reported Thursday that Morgan had been released from federal prison where he’d been serving a three-year sentence for taking kickbacks from contractors looking to do business with the City of Union. Morgan and former city building inspector Jeff Lawson pleaded guilty in federal court in Sept. 2008 to taking kickbacks. They were sentenced to prison in Feb. 2009 with Lawson, who cooperated with investigators, receiving 12 months, and Morgan five years and 11 months.
In December 2009, authorities announced they would ask for a reduction in Morgan’s sentence due his providing substantial assistance to the government in its investigation of former Union County supervisor Donnie Betenbaugh. This was granted in April of this year and Morgan’s sentence was reduced to 36 months in prison followed by the three years of supervised release. Morgan was also ordered by the court to pay a special assessment fee of $200, make restitution of $7,000 and forfeiture of $7,500.
Attempts to contact federal authorities about the conditions of Morgan’s release were unsuccessful Thursday.