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Elkins – A Randolph County bank has taken legal action to garnish the wages of Governor Jim Justice. The bank is seeking the payoff of a civil judgment against one of his coal interests.

Citizens Bank of West Virginia, with three Randolph County locations. filed a suggestee petition against Justice, which would garnish his wages and salary, to pay a debt that, with interest and fees, totals more than $861,000. It was filed in Randolph County Circuit Court.

Citizens Bank of West Virginia received a judgment in the amount of $850,434.28 at an annual interest rate of 4%, and costs, according to court records. The judgment was filed November 10, 2022, in Randolph Circuit Court, after a court case in which the bank alleged Justice’s company defaulted on loans taken out to purchase equipment.

He personally assumed responsibility for the debt, a  move that many questioned at the time.

Although he promised, as a candidate, to put his family holdings into a blind trust, he has never done so. He claims his son and daughter are managing the holdings, which were once valued at more than a billion dollars. The value has diminished into the 500 millions.

The bank alleged Justice’s company, Bluestone Resources Inc., defaulted on loans taken out to purchase equipment.

It asks the state auditor to withhold 20% of Justice’s wages, after state and federal taxes, or the amount of Justice’s wages that, after state and federal taxes, each week exceeds 50 times the federal minimum hourly wage, whichever is less.

According to an affidavit filed with the suggestee execution, Justice’s wages from the state are believed to exceed 50 times the federal minimum hourly wage.

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Auditor’s Deputy Chief of Staff Kallie Cart told The Charleston Gazette-Mail the office would handle a gubernatorial garnishment the same as any other.

“When we receive a wage garnishment order issued by a court, it is processed as directed by applicable statutes, rules and regulations,” she said. “This is done without regard to whom the order is directed, whether a state official or employee, including the Governor.”

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  • Ron Gregory

    From Mayor of Glenville at age 26 to Assistant Mayor of Charleston, management of various public entities, and countless political races in West Virginia – Ron Gregory is the most noted political correspondent in the state.

From Mayor of Glenville at age 26 to Assistant Mayor of Charleston, management of various public entities, and countless political races in West Virginia - Ron Gregory is the most noted political correspondent in the state.

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