NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Three former Bank of the Commonwealth executives accused of bank fraud say they can't get a fair trial in Hampton Roads.
Former president Ed Woodward and two former vice presidents, Woodward's son T. Brandon Woodward and Stephen Fields, filed motions last week in federal court seeking a change of venue. They were indicted in July along with another former bank executive and two borrowers.
Their motions cite publicity surrounding the case. Media outlets say Ed Woodward's attorneys submitted 100 pages of its articles on the case to the court.
The defendants are accused of participating in a fraud scheme that led to the bank's collapse in September 2011. One defendant, developer Thomas Arney of Chespeake, pleaded guilty in August to bank fraud charges.
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