A West Virginia Division of Highways supervisor has been charged with making a false statement to a federal agent.
A federal grand jury indicted Barry D. Thompson, 48, of Mount Clare, on Wednesday. Thompson was arrested Thursday, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld of West Virginia's Northern District.
Thompson, who works as a supervisor in the Buckhannon office, lied while being questioned about an ongoing investigation into the DOH's equipment division, according to federal prosecutors.
The indictment states that Thompson made false statements about his knowledge and involvement of DOH employees "repairing and replacing parts for a dump truck on State time and at State expense."
Thompson faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. His case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey.
An indictment is not a finding of fact; it only means that grand jurors have decided that enough evidence exists to warrant a criminal trial.
Federal authorities are investigating the DOH equipment division's contract with an Ohio company that supplies parts for roadside mowers, according to previous Gazette reports.