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Charges Filed In Alleged Arch Coal Kickback Scheme

Reported: May. 30, 2014 2:00 PM EDT
Updated: May. 30, 2014 7:05 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- 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 said 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 said the investigation is ongoing.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia has filed charges in an alleged multimillion dollar kickback scheme at Arch Coal's Mountain Laurel Mining Complex in Logan County.

Former Mountain Laurel GM David Runyon allegedly received cash kickbacks from vendors in exchange for receiving work.

Ten people are named in the federal information, facing a variety of federal charges.



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