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Boone ambulance chief pays back illegal loan

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Boone County ambulance director Randy Lengyel has paid back an illegal loan that he used to enhance his retirement benefits.

Lengyel delivered a $103,000 check to the Boone Ambulance Authority Tuesday and faxed documentation of the repayment to the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on Friday.

“I always intended to pay it back,” Lengyel told the Gazette-Mail. “I got the money and paid it back in full. I haven’t heard anything else.”

The repayment came just days after Boone County commissioners asked a judge to force Lengyel to pay back the personal loan and freeze his retirement benefits, after Lengyel missed a Sept. 30 deadline to repay the money.

The Boone County Commission filed a civil complaint against Lengyel, alleging that he lobbied for “targeted legislation” that allowed him to enhance his retirement benefits, then persuaded the ambulance authority board to give him a no-interest loan so he could switch from the state public employees retirement plan to a more lucrative plan set up for emergency services workers…

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