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Arch Coal Workers Accused of Taking Kickbacks

May 30, 2014

Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Federal prosecutors have accused 10 people of participating in a kickback scheme at an Arch Coal mine in West Virginia.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Friday that companies were forced to pay kickbacks to Arch employees to do business with the coal company at its Mountain Laurel mining complex in Logan County.

Goodwin says Arch employees are accused of taking nearly $2 million in kickbacks from 2007 to 2012.

The charges link the scheme to former Mountain Laurel general manager David Runyon, who is charged with extortion.

Other Arch employees and vendors face various charges, including lying to law enforcement, filing a false tax return, mail fraud and structuring cash withdrawals.

Last month, Arch said it asked Goodwin's office to help investigate potential misconduct involving vendors and mine personnel in West Virginia.

Goodwin says the investigation is ongoing.

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Original headline: Feds: Arch Coal workers at West Virginia mine accused of taking $2M in kickbacks from vendors



Source: © 2014 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved.


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