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Harrison official says political rivalry led to charges

Exponent Telegram photo Harrison Commissioner Bernie Fazzini
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Harrison Commissioner Bernie Fazzini

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Harrison Commissioner Bernie Fazzini, indicted Monday on four felony counts alleging he submitted false and fraudulent purchase requisitions to the county, indicated in a statement that the matter stems from a political feud between himself and fellow Commissioner Frank “Chunki” Angotti.

“The charges recently brought against me are the continuation of Chunki Angotti’s three-year crusade to discredit and harm me,” Fazzini said. “However, I am confident that when all is said and done, people will know that I did not commit any crimes and that these charges do not have any factual and legal basis.”

Fazzini’s statement, which he said he plans to read publicly during today’s commission meeting, goes on to reference a conciliation agreement reached earlier this year with the West Virginia Ethics Commission over what appear to be the same allegedly fraudulent requisitions, which date back to 2011.

In that settlement, Fazzini admitted to improperly receiving reimbursement for travel expenses from the county but denied any intent to benefit…

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