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Greenbrier commissioner, ex-commissioner indicted

LEWISBURG, W.Va. A Greenbrier County commissioner and a former commissioner face charges of misappropriating hotel occupancy tax funds.

Media outlets report that a Greenbrier County grand jury indicted County Commission President Karen Lobban and former Commissioner Betty Crookshanks on Wednesday.

Lobban and Crookshanks are accused of voting Dec. 10, 2012, to allocate funds generated by the tax to the New River Community and Technical College Foundation for an unauthorized purpose.

At that meeting, the commission allocated funds to renovate a swimming pool at the school.

In June 2013, Special Circuit Judge Charles M. Vickers ruled in a civil case that using hotel occupancy tax revenue for the project was illegal because the pool isn’t on property owned by either the county or a municipality.

— The Associated Press


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