The WV Code requires that anyone doing electrical work for "pay" (and that can include a six-pack) be licensed.
I'm not sure if the story is true or not, but you could contact Anthony Carrico at the State Fire Marshal's Office for further information.
BTW, Section 103-1-11.1 of the WV Code places me in an uncomfortable position when I'm doing inpsections "Any certified inspector, who has knowledge of violations of any rule of the state fire marshal or any rule of the state fire commission or of the W. V. Code, shall submit the information, together with available evidence to the state fire marshal." As far as I'm concerned, until they issue me a badge & gun, I don't think I'll be real aggressive in my reporting.
Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.