State police investigate NN/Williamsburg International Airport after audit

Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police have launched an investigation into past business practices at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, after a state audit found widespread issues with airport spending.

Agency spokeswoman Corinne N. Geller says Virginia State Police are looking for evidence of a violation of state law. Agents with the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the IRS’s criminal investigation division and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General interviewed a series of employees Tuesday.

Geller released the following statement about the investigation:

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal’s Chesapeake Field Office did conduct Tuesday a series of interviews with employees of the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport as part of an ongoing investigation into past business operations related to the airport. The investigation remains ongoing at this time.”

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Airport Acting Executive Director Sandy Wanner says he set up the interviews for the agents but was not told what they concerned.

A Virginia Department of Transportation audit said the airport’s spending issues included an improper loan guarantee to a startup airline that cost $4.5 million in taxpayer money.