CHAPTER 5. GENERAL POWERS AND AUTHORITY OF THE GOVERNOR, SECRETARY OF STATE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL; BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS; MISCELLANEOUS AGENCIES, COMMISSIONS, OFFICES, PROGRAMS, ETC.
§5-10A-8. Setoff; unpaid benefits subject to execution, freezing of account upon finding of probable cause.
(a) The State of West Virginia or any of its political subdivisions shall have the right of setoff against any unpaid benefits which have accrued or may thereafter accrue under the plan, including any contributions by the participant or former participant for any claim caused by less than honorable service by the participant or former participant.
(b) Notwithstanding any provision of this article to the contrary, upon being notified by an agency of the State of West Virginia or any of its political subdivisions that an employee has been charged by criminal complaint, indictment or information with an offense which constitutes less than honorable service and larceny of funds or property from a state agency or political subdivision, the retirement board shall withhold payment or refunding of any participant's or former participant's contributions until it receives an order from a court of competent jurisdiction reflecting that the charge has been dismissed, reflecting that the participant or former participant is found not guilty, ordering the release of all or part of the funds or directing restitution to the state or political subdivision.
(c) Notwithstanding any provision of the law to the contrary, any unpaid benefits which have accrued or may thereafter accrue are subject to execution, garnishment, attachment or any other legal process for collection of a judgment for the recovery of loss or damages incurred by the state or its political subdivision caused by the participant's or former participant's less than honorable service.