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Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, 11:24 a.m.

A Point Marion man claims in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday that top officials at the Redevelopment Authority of Fayette County fired him in May after he filed complaints that led the state Inspector General's Office to investigate the authority's weatherization program in February and March.

Michael Volek says in the lawsuit that as a home energy auditor for the program, he saw officials buying new furnaces for people who didn't need them and giving preferential treatment to authority members' friends and relatives who were on the waiting list to receive heating assistance.

Volek is suing the authority, Executive Director Andrew French and two other officials, Al Jeffries and Warren Hatfield. French couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

A spokeswoman for the Inspector General couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

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