Mine Inspector Sentenced

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A former state inspector is getting two years' probation after pleading guilty to a felony extortion charge.

Randall Smith of Greenup pleaded guilty yesterday to a felony extortion charge for trying to solicit a five-hundred dollar bribe
from a mine operator.

Smith formerly worked for the Kentucky Environmental and Public
Protection Cabinet.

Cabinet spokesman Mark York says he was sentenced to a year in
prison, which was probated to two years' probation

He was also ordered to pay one-hundred-50 dollars in court costs
and provide 30 hours of community service work.

Prosecutors allege that Smith tried to solicit the bribe from a surface mine operator in Lawrence County last September.

The state agency suspended Smith with pay on the date of the extortion attempt and requested an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General and the Kentucky State Police.

He was fired later that month.

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