CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- Federal authorities investigating the West Virginia Division of Highways executed a search warrant in Cambridge earlier this week.
Agents of the U.S. Attorney's Office and Internal Revenue Service, as well as state and local authorities, were all part of the operation at MoTrim Inc. on Steubenville Avenue on Tuesday. The West Virginia DOH - which was also subject to a search warrant Tuesday - has contracted with MoTrim since 2012. The Cambridge company sells and supplies parts for roadside mowers.
Federal agents removed truck-loads of documents from both locations, but no arrests have yet been made. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office would not comment further, except to say that the investigation would likely take several months.
In 2006, the West Virginia Ethics Commission and Legislative Auditor's Office investigated truck and equipment purchases at the DOH equipment division. The investigation's findings weren't made public.
The DOH equipment division buys trucks, bulldozers, graders, excavators, lawn mowers, parts and other equipment for state highway garages throughout the state.