- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A Harrison County commissioner faces charges of fraudulently obtaining money.

Multiple media outlets report that a grand jury indicted Commissioner Bernie Fazzini on four felony counts. The charges include obtaining more than $1,000 under false pretenses and falsifying accounts.

Fazzini’s lawyer, Mike Benninger, told The Exponent Telegram (https://bit.ly/1j61KWi ) that he hadn’t seen the indictment. Once all the facts are known, he says he thinks it will be established that Fazzini didn’t commit any of the crimes.

Fazzini paid a $3,500 civil fine in May to settle an ethics complaint. The West Virginia Ethics Commission said Fazzini had twice requested the same $3,100 reimbursement for a work trip to Portland, Oregon.

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Information from: The Exponent Telegram, https://www.theet.com

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