Witness recalls moving state-owned couch from judge’s home
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A messenger for West Virginia’s Supreme Court has testified at Justice Allen Loughry’s criminal trial that he helped the judge move a state-owned couch and a desk from Loughry’s home in late 2017.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the court messenger, Paul Mendez, recounted Friday when he and two others helped move the furniture, but he couldn’t remember exact dates. All three officials have said they went to Loughry’s home and retrieved the couch.
A neighbor took photos of the men moving the couch from Loughry’s home, and a photo was circulated on social media.
One of the criminal counts against Loughry accuses him of lying when he told an FBI agent he didn’t know the desk he had transferred to his house had historical significance and value. Most charges against Loughry involved wire fraud allegations that he used state vehicles and gas cards for personal use.