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No charges filed 1 year into Wheeling Jesuit probe

Feb. 13, 2013 @ 07:00 PM

WHEELING, W.Va. — It’s been exactly one year since authorities revealed they’re investigating how an international mine-safety expert handled federal dollars while working at Wheeling Jesuit University.

But as of Wednesday, no charges had been filed.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Wheeling and a lawyer for J. Davitt McAteer both declined comment on the investigation.

McAteer is a former director of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. He’s since retired — a decision Wheeling Jesuit says was planned long before revelations of a probe.

Court records show investigators believe McAteer and the school may have fraudulently billed expenses to federal grant programs or cooperative agreements from 2005 through 2011.  

Those expenses range from McAteer’s salary to cell phones, computers and salaries for other staff, including a secretary in McAteer’s private law office.

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