- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Piedmont Town Council member and a former member have been reprimanded and fined by the West Virginia Ethics Commission for authorizing $10,000 toward the legal fees of a former town employee.

The commission said Thursday in a news release that Paula Boggs and Grace Russell used their public positions to benefit former town foreman John Shingler.

Shingler was sentenced to three months in prison for theft of government property. Prosecutors say he took surplus government travel trailers for personal use while serving as the town’s foreman in 2009.

Boggs and Russell voted in 2011 to authorize paying $10,000 to an attorney to represent Shingler. Russell is no longer a council member.

The ethics commission fined Boggs and Russell $1,000 each.

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