Former Clinton USDOL appointee under investigation

J. Davitt McAteer, former United Mine Workers official and former Bill Clinton appointee as Asst. Sec. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), has allegedly stolen from taxpayers.  Forced-unionism proponents, such as the United Mine Workers of America, supported his tenure in the Clinton Administration and have often used him as an expert and the press often referred to him as “independent investigator Davitt McAteer.”

From AP’s Vicki Smith:

Federal documents filed by a NASA fraud investigator indicate a former head of the Mine Safety and Health Administration and the Catholic college in West Virginia where he works conspired for six years to misuse millions of grant dollars from the space agency for personal gain and the school’s benefit.

Court records show investigators believe McAteer, who has been vice president of the school since 2005, and the school fraudulently billed expenses to federal grant programs or cooperative agreements from 2005 through 2011.

The investigation has been under way since May 2010, involving the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, the Office of Labor, Racketeering and Fraud Investigations, and the National Science Foundation’s Office of Inspector General, according to the affidavit.

The document also suggested there’s evidence to suggest that MSHA – the agency McAteer ran from 1992 to 2000 – was also defrauded. Among the titles McAteer has held at Wheeling Jesuit was director of the school’s Coal Impoundment Project, designed to inform the public of locations of massive coal waste dams.



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