UPDATE: Logan County Man Pleads Guilty in Mine Kickback Scheme

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Delbarton man has pleaded guilty to spearheading a kickback scheme at an Arch Coal mine in southern West Virginia.

David Runyon's guilty plea came Thursday in U.S. District Court in Charleston. He faces up to 25 years in prison and $500,000 in fines for extortion and tax evasion.

Federal prosecutors say companies had to pay kickbacks to Arch employees for business at the Mountain Laurel mining complex in Logan County.

Prosecutors say kickbacks totaled nearly $2 million from 2007 to 2012.

Runyon was Mountain Laurel's general manager. His charges show various contracts depended on kickbacks, from mine machine repair to contracted labor.

He is among 10 men who've pleaded guilty to various charges related to the scheme. Four are former Arch employees. The rest were contractors and vendors.



ORIGINAL STORY 8?6/14
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Verdunville man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a kickback scheme at an Arch Coal mine.

James Evans, III's company recycled scrap cable at Arch's Mountain Laurel mining complex in Logan County.

Prosecutors accused Evans, III of paying Arch's $30,000 commission from selling the scrap to the mine's general manager, David Runyo, of Delbarton, so that his company would remain as its scrap metal vendor.

Online court records show that Evans, 39 pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit honest services fraud. Sentencing is set for Nov. 17 in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

Evans and Runyon are among 10 men accused of participating in the kickback scheme.

A plea hearing for Runyon is set for Thursday. He's charged with extortion.


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