The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 23, 2013

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— Federal investigators are looking into a contract between an Ohio supplier and a Division of Highways equipment office.

FBI agents and West Virginia State Police troopers seized records and documents from a DOH facility in Buckhannon on Wednesday.

The Charleston Gazette reports search warrants also were served by the U.S. attorney’s office in Wheeling at MoTrim Inc. in Cambridge, Ohio.

The company has a state contract to supply parts for DOH mowers. State records show DOH employees are allowed to use state purchasing cards to buy MoTrim parts.

“We do know there’s a federal investigation going on,” said DOH spokeswoman Carrie Bly. “We’re cooperating in any way we can.”

U.S. attorney’s office spokeswoman Chris Zumpetta-Parr says no one was arrested.

A MoTrim spokeswoman declined comment.

MoTrim was awarded the state parts contract in 2012.

In 2006, the state Ethics Commission and Legislative Auditor’s Office investigated truck and equipment purchases at the DOH equipment division. The findings weren’t made public.

The DOH equipment office has about 90 workers.

The office purchases trucks, bulldozers, graders, excavators, lawn mowers, parts and other equipment for highway garages statewide.