Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Shady? ; Free Apartment

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Shady? ; Free Apartment

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State Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubensteins home is in St. Marys, about 100 miles from Charleston. So he hatched a plan or couldnt resist one to get an almost-free garage apartment near the state Capitol from a subcontractor being paid millions for psychiatric treatment of prison inmates.

It was a highly suspicious arrangement.

Gazette-Mail Statehouse reporter Eric Eyre learned about it through a freedom-of-information request.

Kanawha prosecutor Charles Miller decided not to pursue criminal charges in this mess, but referred it to the state Ethics Commission, which rarely takes any harsh actions.

We hope the commission does its job, because West Virginians deserve clear answers about this dubious affair.

Rubenstein claims that he provided about $3,600 worth of furniture for the apartment, in lieu of rent. …

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