UPDATE: State Police confirm they are investigating former city employee

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UPDATE: West Virginia State Police Trooper Parker confirms to 7news state police are actively investigating a former city employee.

Trooper Parker says state police are working directly with the state auditor’s office, specifically working with Mr. Martin Wright Jr.

Because the investigation is new and active, Trooper Parker could not confirm who they are investigating, why they are investigating, what former position he/she held, or if charges could be filed.

We’ll keep you updated.

ORIGINAL: An investigation is underway after the State Auditor’s Office claims to have detected possible fraudulent activity by a City of Wheeling employee. 

Tuesday’s Wheeling City Council meeting went on as usual but was followed by an executive session to discuss a “personnel matter.”

Following that session, Mayor Glenn Elliott read and released a statement regarding a City employee. 

Elliott announced that the City had received a call on Thursday, March 29 from State Auditor John B. McCuskey who said that an investigation had revealed “potential fraudulent activity” by a City of Wheeling employee. 

“The State Auditor last week brought to our attention some issues with spending in a department. I have addressed that, and that individual in question is no longer employed by the City. From that point on, at least for today, it’s a personnel matter and I’m not going to comment further,” said City Manager Robert Herron. 

City officials have not released the name of the person in question or the department he/she worked in. 

7News reached out to Marty Wright, General Council/Director of Auditor’s Fraud Unit at the West Virginia State Auditor’s office.

He said that the State Auditor’s Office does not comment on investigations conducted by their office. 

A complete copy of the statement released by Mayor Elliott and City Council can be found below. 

Official statement:

“On Thursday, March 29, 2018 Mayor Glenn Elliott and City Manager Robert Herron each received a telephone call from West Virginia State Auditor John B. McCuskey indicating that investigators from his office had identified potential fraudulent activity by a City of Wheeling employee. As of this time, an investigation into this matter is ongoing, and the employee in question is no longer with the City. As a City Council, to a person, we are deeply troubled by the alleged conduct in question and will not be satisfied until our many questions are answered. But for new, we will have nothing further to say about this matter until such time as the Auditor’s office concludes its investigation. In the meantime, we would direct all inquiries to Cathy Price, Deputy State Auditor for Public Affairs.”

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