"None of the folks that I represent were ever in a position to make decisions about any of this," Auvil told me.
Auvil also complained about the specificity of the search warrant, which contains nine pages of allegations suggesting the three interfered with bidding procedures.
"It reads more like a press release than a criminal warrant," Auvil told the Daily Mail.
Auvil has notified the state of his intent to sue, claiming his clients have been treated unfairly.
The awarding of state contracts in West Virginia is a highly regulated process, and for good reason. Millions of dollars of taxpayer money is at stake, and the state is responsible for ensuring that contracts for services are awarded based on the price as well as the vendor's ability to do the work.
Tight regulation and oversight mechanisms are in place so individuals cannot steer contracts to specific companies, whatever the reason.
It is apparent something was amiss at DHHR, but whom do you believe? The Kanawha County Prosecutor's Office will review evidence gathered from the search warrants and decide if any laws have been broken.
At one point last May, when the controversy inside DHHR was peaking, an email from DHHR purchasing director Bryan Rosen said: "This may be headed for disaster."
That's one piece of evidence that has come out of this investigation so far that is unquestionably true.