A former Washington County employee indicted on charges of theft in office and bribery was arrested Monday in West Virginia.
Chuck Moody, 57, formerly of Vincent, is in custody at the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston, W.Va., after being arrested by West Virginia State Police troopers and Washington County sheriff's deputies at the Comfort Suite in Cross Lanes. According to a release from the sheriff's office, Moody will appear in court in Charleston soon and be given the opportunity to waive extradition to Ohio.
Not long after Moody resigned from his position as county building maintenance supervisor in October, the sheriff's office announced it was investigating him for allegedly receiving kickbacks from a company with which the county did business.
Commissioners ordered nearly $50,000 worth of energy efficient light bulbs from Universal Products in Meigs County, but apparently more than $40,000 worth were never delivered. There were also orders with the company for $10,000 to $15,000 worth of cleaning chemicals that the company doesn't even handle.
The investigation continues, with authorities also looking into whether the allegations against Moody are related to a case involving two former county commissioners - John Grimes and Larry Steinel - accused of destroying county records.
Moody was indicted last week by a Washington County grand jury on felony counts of theft in office, bribery and tampering with records.