BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — A supervisor with the state Division of Highways has been indicted by a federal grand jury for after allegedly lying to an FBI investigator.

U.S. Attorney Bill Ihlenfeld announced Thursday the indictment of Barry Thompson, 48, of Mount Clare. Thompson is charged with one count of making a “False Statement to a Federal Agent.”

It’s alleged Thompson knowingly did not tell the truth with an FBI agent questioned him last month as part of the ongoing federal investigation in the DOH’s Equipment Division. Thompson is the supervisor of that DOH office in Buckhannon, which purchases equipment that is used statewide by the agency.

If convicted, Thompson could be sentenced to up to five years in federal prison.


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  • DWL

    Let me guess - A democrat hack under (appointed by) Mattox (d)

  • WVU1

    Probably "getting his raise" without picketing the capital.

  • Robin

    I would say that there are a lot more in line for this! I used to work with state government for 34 years plus up until a couple of years ago! This whole administration is full of crooks! Just saying

  • Shadow

    How did the Feds get into a State Case? Whatever happened to the Tenth Amendment? I remember, the Constitution doesn't mean anything under Obummer.

    • Aaron

      The federal government funds more than 80% of state highway projects thus it is a federal matter.

      • Shadow

        Federal money always comes with strings. A sad state of affairs.

  • john

    so who is he taking the fall for.

  • william

    @Jeff Jenkins - WHATS THE REST OF THE STORY?
    Bad reporting with this news flash

  • Brian

    Ongoing investigation? Guess that's why there are no details about what the lie was or what the investigation was for. Yawn. . . Wake me when there's some real news on this issue.

    • ViennaGuy

      Clearly, there is more going on here than just someone giving a federal investigator a false statement. It wouldn't surprise me if the a) the investigation hasn't been completed, or if b) additional indictments are pending. In either case, it would not be prudent to release more information at the present time.