Several months back we ran an editorial listing a number of elected/appointed officials in West Virginia who had been caught with fingers in the till, bending laws for their own benefit and pushing the envelope because they could. Well, there have been more in the ensuing months, particularly in recent weeks, and we decided to continue the list.
Belington mayor resigns after being questioned about moving outside city limits which would make his holding office questionable…same town – a lawyer convicted for defrauding the WV Public Defender Services submitted false vouchers and will spend a year in jail.
Jefferson county former sheriff will spend a year in federal prison for his role in the beating of a robbery suspect.
A Wheeling attorney and a Barbour County private investigator were indicted on charges including conspiracy to commit threats in official and political matters and conspiracy to commit witness intimidation.
The Mayor of Ridgeley was indicted on 8 felony counts of fraudulent or unauthorized use of a government-issued purchase card.
The former fire chief of the Smithers (Fayette County) Volunteer Fire Company and his wife were indicted on felony charges of embezzlement and fraudulent schemes.
The police chief of Princeton was put on administrative leave due to claims he wasn’t following proper protocol.
The Mayor of Beckley agreed to step down the end of the year under a settlement involving nine alleged ethics violations.
While admitting no guilt, he will reimburse the WV Ethics Commission for the cost of the investigation and has agreed not to hold public office for 5 years. The violations included the use of public office for private gain and accepting improper gifts…