A West Virginia Division of Highways' supervisor has been charged with making false statements to a federal agent.
United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced Thursday, Feb. 20 that Barry D. Thompson, 48, of Mount Clare, was indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of making a false statement to a federal agent after he was questioned as part of an ongoing federal investigation into the Equipment Division of the West Virginia Division of Highways.
Thompson works as a supervisor at the Buckhannon office of the DOH, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office. Federal authorities seized items from the office in August 2013. Thompson lied to investigators about his knowledge of state employees repairing and replacing parts for a dump truck on state time and at state expense, after a person purchased the truck at a DOH equipment auction, according to the indictment. Thompson also told investigators that he didn't work on state time after an auction to obtain replacement parts for that equipment, although he actually did so, according to investigators. Thompson also ordered an employee to work on the truck on state time, at the states expense, according to the indictment.
If convicted, Thompson faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr and was investigated by the U.S. Attorney's Office Public Corruption Unit. Agents and officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the West Virginia State Police, and the State Commission on Special Investigations are leading the inquiry.