Former BCAA director fined

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The former executive director of the Boone County Ambulance Authority will be fined $5,000 and publicly reprimanded for ethics violations.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports reports that Ethics Commission members on Thursday approved a conciliation agreement after officials say Randall Lengyel illegally obtained a $103,000 no-interest loan from the authority in order to enhance his retirement benefits.

Commissioners found that Lengyel violated the Ethics Act’s prohibition against using public office for private gain by convincing the president and vice president of the authority’s board of directors to approve the loan.

According to the agreement, Lengyel, facing a civil suit in Boone County, repaid the loan last Oct. 6.

In addition to the fine and reprimand, Lengyel is required to complete an ethics training course as part of the agreement.

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