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Ex-W.Va. DOH supervisor convicted in state court

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — Former West Virginia Division of Highways supervisor Barry D. Thompson, 49, of Mount Clare, admitted that he lied to the State Police, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced Wednesday.

Thompson entered guilty pleas to two counts of providing false information to a West Virginia State Trooper on Wednesday in Magistrate Court in Upshur County.

Thompson, who is presently under federal indictment for lying to a federal agent, has agreed to cooperate with federal authorities in their ongoing investigation into the WV Division of Highways Equipment Division. If Thompson fully cooperates, the U.S. Attorney’s Office will dismiss the pending federal indictment.

During the federal investigation into the Division of Highways, Thompson denied any knowledge that state employees had misused state resources to repair vehicles that were no longer owned by the state. However, Thompson admitted Wednesday that he instructed at least one state employee, at state expense and on state time, to repair a dump truck that had previously been sold at public auction…

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