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Authorities Search Water Agency Building for Wiretaps

West Virginia Water Development Authority

Charleston police have conducted a search for wiretaps at the West Virginia Water Development Authority building amid allegations of ethics violations.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that police did not find any hidden listening devices during last week’s wiretap sweep.

Water Development Authority Executive Director Chris Jarrett says he asked detectives to search the offices for wiretaps to check for unauthorized electronics.

The sweep comes after a dispute between the agency’s geographic information system manager Michael Duminiak and two agency employees including Jarrett and Water Development Authority Executive Assistant Carol Cummings.

Duminiak had filed complaints with the state’s ethics commission, accusing Jarrett and Cummings of various ethics violations.

According to emails obtained by the newspaper, Duminiak says Cummings accused him of hacking employees’ computers and tampering with the security system. Duminiak also accuses Cummings of secretly recording conversations on her smartphone.