Ethics charges to be brought against Marmet mayor in September hearing

MARMET, W.Va. — A public hearing will be held by the West Virginia Ethics Commission to review ethics charges against Marmet Mayor Bill Pauley.

An order was entered Tuesday by the Probable Cause Review Board that Pauley used his office for personal gain, most of the charges involving voting fraud.

Pauley is accused of driving people to town hall for early voting despite knowing they were not registered to vote, and may not have been Marmet residents. He also allegedly attempted to register them to vote after the voter registration for the 2013 election had passed.

He allegedly told poll workers to count their votes. He is also accused of having a representative of Marmet’s computer vendor print nearly a $8,500 check for himself, charging the town to print the check.

The Marmet Town Recorder is supposed to issue all checks on behalf of the town. The check was apparently for wages owed to Pauley for working Marmet bingo games from Aug. 2010 to May 2012.