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UPDATE: Trial Set for W.Va. Man Accused of Mine Violations

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

UPDATE 5/31/13
BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) -- A southern West Virginia mine foreman indicted by a federal grand jury on safety violation charges is set to stand trial this summer.

A July 30 trial date has been set for 36-year-old Craig Belcher of Bluefield.

The Associated Press reports that Belcher was released this week on a $10,000 bond.

He was charged in April with four counts of providing a false statement, representation and certification in a Mine Safety and Health Administration document.

The alleged incidents occurred at mines in Wyoming, Fayette and McDowell counties.

The indictment says Belcher signed reports that he completed mine inspections between January 2009 and July 2010. However, Belcher wasn't certified as a foreman when the reports were completed, and he allegedly used foreman's certificate numbers that weren't his.



ORIGINAL STORY
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A federal grand jury has indicted a southern West Virginia mine foreman on safety violation charges.

Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that 36-year-old Craig Belcher of Bluefield was charged with four counts of providing a false statement, representation and certification in a Mine Safety and Health Administration document.

The alleged incidents occurred at two mines in Wyoming County and one apiece in Fayette and McDowell counties.

The indictment says Belcher signed reports that he completed mine inspections between January 2009 and July 2010. However, Belcher wasn't certified as a foreman when the reports were completed, and he allegedly used foreman's certificate numbers that weren't his.

If convicted, Belcher faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count. It wasn't immediately known whether Belcher had an attorney.


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