A local engineering firm has filed a lawsuit against the Jackson County Surveyor alleging that he embezzled over $50,000 from the firm while he was employed there.


A local engineering firm has filed a lawsuit against the Jackson County Surveyor alleging that he embezzled over $50,000 from the firm while he was employed there. 

Jennifer Fox of Fox Engineering filed the suit last Friday against Surveyor William J. Whitman, II. 

In the complaint, Fox states that in December 2003, Whitman was hired to start the Surveying Division of Fox Engineering.  His duties were to include scheduling the necessary staff and equipment needed to fulfill jobs and to also use the Fox Engineering billing system to bill clients. 

Fox claims that while Whitman used Fox Engineering staff and equipment to complete projects, he would bill the clients using a personal invoice and instruct that payment be remitted directly to him, leaving Fox Engineering to pay for both the staff time and equipment without receiving any payment for the job. 

According to the complaint, in April 2008, Fox filed a complaint with the West Virginia Board of Surveyors regarding the alleged acts.  Fox states that Whitman admitted to the board that he used the equipment and personnel for personal surveying work. 

Fox claims that her firm lost over $50,000 resulting from Whitman’s alleged fraud, embezzlement, and misappropriation of company funds. 

Fox is seeking compensatory as well as punitive damages plus court and attorney’s costs in the case.  They are seeking an October 2010 trial date. 

The case has been assigned to Circuit Court Judge Thomas C. Evans, III.  Whitman has 20 days to file a legal response in the case. 

No criminal charges have been filed against Whitman in connection to the alleged embezzlement.