Some employees of Union Public Service District sold surplus property through an auction website and kept the proceeds, county officials have discovered.
Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper has sent a letter asking about the situation to Wilma Davis, chairwoman of the board for the district, which provides wastewater treatment service in the Cross Lanes area.
The letter says he was told employees were taking surplus property, such as a generator that had been replaced, and selling it online.
A private citizen told him about the situation, he said.
"We just don't allow this," Carper said. "There are laws on the books dealing with surplus property."
County Engineer John Luoni said the equipment sold on eBay had been taken out of service.
"It had been replaced by more modern equipment," he added. "But the equipment taken out of service still had value."
Luoni compared the situation to purchasing a new car. When people buy new cars, they typically trade in the old ones.
Luoni was unsure exactly how much the equipment was sold for but estimated it brought in excess of $10,000. He also didn't know how many employees were involved.
"Whether it's $10,000 or $10, it's too much," Carper said. "This is government property and it doesn't belong to private people."