Bob Henry Baber That report said there was more than $3 million in question. Investigators are still looking for answers in connection with approximately $1.3 million. Four former Richwood officials have already been charged but charges have only advanced against former Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber. He pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of obtaining money under false pretenses. He’ll be sentenced later this year.
Steve Connolly, Special Prosecutor for the State Auditor’s Office, joins @HoppyKercheval to discuss the guilty plea of former Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber in a fraud case stemming from the spending of flood relief money. WATCH: https://t.co/yCFQ3nDJuy pic.twitter.com/hbkV0GKMdc “Unbeknownst to us they were working one side of the case and we had no idea of it,” Connolly said. “It wasn’t until we inherited the case back this January and learned that they had generated a great deal of information that we were unaware of and had violated and confirmed that we had in our investigative report that was made public back in March of 2018.”
— MetroNews (@WVMetroNews) August 3, 2021 The probe, which has focused on federal flood relief money that came to Richwood in the months after the June 2016 flood, now includes the assistance of the Inspector General’s Office of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Connolly said.
“Who was involved if there was a conspiracy if there was some scheme? Who are they and can we hold them accountable based on the evidence we have?” He said the IGO of Homeland Security will play a role. Chris Drennen
Connolly said the next step in the investigation is to determine who the decision makers were when it came spending the flood money. Also charged in March 2019 were former Richwood recorder and former mayor Chris Drennen, former city clerk Abby McClung and former police chief Lloyd Cogar. Connolly said they have been cooperating with investigators and all charges may be dropped.
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