West Virginia paid $1 million for vacant office space

CHARLESTON, WV (AP) – West Virginia’s state government has paid nearly $1 million in the past three years to rent vacant office space.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources renewed its lease with Pin Oak Properties in 2014 and paid $30,000 a month since then. However, the agency stopped using the office in May of 2015.

State Auditor JB McCuskey confirmed to the newspaper he is investigating and will report his findings to the Joint Government Accountability, Transparency and Efficiency Committee.

Pin Oak Properties filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2017. Court documents indicate the company owes between $10 million and $50 million to between one and 49 creditors.

Two other state agencies had leased space from the company but stopped paying rent after terminating their leases.

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