FRAUD CHARGES Ex-MSHA Director Faces Fraud Charges
Reported by: Rachael Tarr
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Apr. 16, 2012 10:51 AM EDT
Updated: Apr. 16, 2012 11:40 AM EDT
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, West Virginia
An ex-director of MSHA is facing fraud charges. J. Davitt McAteer is accused of conspiring with his Alma Mater and current employer, Wheeling Jesuit University to use millions of federal grant dollars for personal gain and the school's benefit from 2005 through 2011.
The allegations are contained in an affidavit that was used to obtain search warrants for the investigation.
The affidavit shows the expenses range from McAteer's salary - which was $130,300 dollars in 2006 to $230,659 dollars by 2008 - to cellphones, computers, technical support and salaries for other staff, including a secretary in McAteer's Sheperdstown, West Virginia private law office.
The investigation has been ongoing since May of 2010.
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