Sentencing of former Washougal finance director delayed again

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Former Washougal finance director and licensed tax lawyer Jeffrey Bivens pleaded guilty to federal charges more than 21/2 years ago, but he still hasn’t started his prison sentence. And it’ll be at least another three months before he does.

Bivens pleaded guilty in October 2010 to making materially false statements to the Small Business Administration and Wachovia Bank. He was originally scheduled to be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Tacoma in May 2011.

Since then, his sentencing date has been delayed multiple times. First, Bivens’ attorney requested postponements, citing a personal health matter. Then, the assistant U.S. attorney on the case asked for postponements so he could undergo cancer treatment.

Bivens, 36, is now scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 30. Under the terms of the plea agreement, he faces five years in prison and shares a portion of the $1.7 million loss associated with the bank and SBA loan.

Bivens served on the Washougal City Council when he was hired in May 2009 to work as the city’s finance director.