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Another administrator with the state Division of Highways has been charged with making a false statement to a federal agent.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said Edward Matthew Tuttle, 38, of Buckhannon, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Clarksburg this week on one count of making a false statement to a federal agent.

Tuttle is charged with making materially false statements to an FBI agent last month when he was questioned as part of an ongoing federal investigation in the Equipment Division of the West Virginia Division of Highways.

Tuttle currently serves as the WVDOH Administrator in Upshur County, and formerly was a supervisor with the Equipment Division.

In February, a grand jury in Elkins indicted Barry D. Thompson, 48, of Mount Clare, on the same charge. Thompson, a supervisor in WVDOH's Buckhannon office, also was questioned in connection with the equipment division investigation.

Ihlenfeld cautions that an indictment is merely an accusation and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless they are proven guilty. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Tuttle's case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John C. Parr and was investigated by the U.S. Attorney's Office Public Corruption Unit. Agents. Officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the West Virginia State Police, and the State Commission on Special Investigations are leading the inquiry.

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