Man who worked for West Virginia DOH accused of filing false expense reports
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) —
A man who worked for the West Virginia Division of Highways as an engineering technician is accused in a federal information with submitting false invoices attached to inflated expense reports for travel.
The information was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District in Charleston against Steven Hull.
Hull worked at DOH headquarters in Weston from January 2011 to mid-January 2014 and was assigned from mid-January 2014 through August 2017 to DOH’s contract administration division, where he reported to supervisors at DOH headquarters in Charleston.
Court documents said as part of Hull’s job, he traveled throughout northern and eastern parts of the state and was reimbursed for his overnight lodging and meals.
The information said Hull overstated the amount due to him on his expense reports by falsely adding days to the invoices and expense reports he submitted, when he had neither stayed at nor paid for hotel rooms on those extra days.
In June 2014 through the end of his alleged scheme, court documents said, Hull’s representations on his expense reports became entirely fabricated.
Court documents said on his expense reports he claimed that he stayed at a hotel, typically a Holiday Inn, for often a week at a time. The information said Hull instead rented a room for $600 cash on a monthly basis from a less expensive hotel in Moundsville, which he did not disclose to DOH or to the state. He paid more than $18,100 in cash for his monthly rental from June 16, 2014, to December 16, 2016. The information accuses Hull of taking the difference in price between his monthly rental and his travel reimbursements for his own benefit.
To disguise his alleged scheme, Hull created and attached false hotel invoice documents to his expense reports, the information said.