Lawmaker Calls for Review of Communications Audit

A West Virginia lawmaker wants federal, state and local prosecutors to review an audit of a statewide microwave communications network. A legislative audit released this week says a $38 million expansion of the network ignored state purchasing laws. Delegate Larry Kump wants to know whether a criminal investigation is warranted. The audit said the funding for the network expansion was part of a $126 million stimulus grant to bring the latest broadband and telecommunication gear to the state. The plan includes building 12 towers and refurbishing five others to fill a gap in the microwave communication system for law enforcement and other first responders.