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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

U.S. Attorney's Office subpoenaes state Commerce Department about The Greenbrier


By Kyla Asbury | Apr 11, 2019


CHARLESTON — The United State's Attorney's Office issued a subpoena to the West Virginia Department of Commerce for all communications regarding The Greenbrier.

The subpoena requested any and all communications involving The Greenbrier, The Greenbrier Classic, A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier (the new name for the golf tournament) or Old White Charities, including communications with Gov. Jim Justice, his son Jay Justice, his daughter Jill Justice, Greenbrier Classic Executive Director Habibi Mamone, Tim McNeely, Lawrence "Larry" Klein, James Terry Miller, Jill Justice's husband Adam Long, Summer Harrison, Elaine Butler and The Greenbrier COO Elmer Coppoolse.

The subpoena also asked for all records relating to sponsorship contracts, amenity agreements, any contract exemption requests with The Greenbrier, The Greenbrier Classic, A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier or Old White Charities; and any records relating to appropriation of funds and related to the distribution of funds.

The subpoena is seeking records from Jan. 1, 2014, through March 6.

Old White Charities is a non-profit division of The Greenbrier. The resort and the non-profit are both owned and operated by the Justice family.

Justice issued a statement on Tuesday that said: "I’ve always done the right thing in my personal life, my business life, my political life and every part of my life. The people of West Virginia know that I have always been an open book, so of course, I am fully cooperating with the investigation."

In previous years, the state Department of Commerce and the Development Office were sponsors for the golf tournament.

When Justice was elected governor of the state, he asked the Department of Commerce to pull its sponsorship.

The Development Office sought an exemption so employees could continue to participate in an annual business summit at the resort that is put on by the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

Justice did not put his assets in a blind trust when he became governor. He previously had said that was stalled due to the number of businesses he owns. Justice put Jill Justice in charge of The Greenbrier once he became governor.

MetroNews obtained the subpoena via a Freedom of Information Act request.

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