West Virginia continues to have public officials doing wrong. The good side is that they are being both caught and prosecuted.
A former Smithers Volunteer Fire Chief will spend up to 10 years in prison for embezzling from the department. Prosecutors say he took thousands of dollars from the fire department’s account and used the money for personal expenses.
In Mingo County a magistrate was charged with illegally registering a felon to vote in last year’s election. The former chief magistrate later pleaded guilty to voter registration fraud in federal court. He faces 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Released on bond since his plea, the former magistrate violated the conditions of his release and was arrested again, this time, because of involvement in illegal drug activity.
Also in Mingo County – a former circuit judge pleaded guilty for his role in a scheme to violate the constitutional rights of an individual to cover up evidence of illegal drug use by the murdered county sheriff. He faces up to 10 years in prison…the prosecuting attorney pleaded guilty in connection with a conspiracy to deprive a resident of his constitutional rights. He faces a year in prison…a former county commissioner pleaded guilty in a scheme to illegal extortion. He faces up to 20 years in prison.