Charges, possible penalties in coal kickbacks

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 30, 2014 at 4:33 pm •  Published: May 30, 2014
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Here is a look at the charges and potential penalties, if convicted, in an alleged kickback scheme at Arch Coal's Mountain Laurel mine in West Virginia.

David E. Runyon, 45, of Delbarton

Allegations: Worked with other Arch Coal employees to receive almost $2 million in kickbacks over five years from vendors.

Charges/penalties if convicted: Extortion by wrongful use of fear of economic loss; tax evasion; up to 25 years and $500,000.

Gary K. Griffith, 62, of Oceana.

Allegations: As Mountain Laurel maintenance manager, received at least $250,000 in kickbacks along with Runyon from a vendor; denied it to law enforcement

Charges/penalties if convicted: lying to federal and state law enforcement; up to five years and $250,000.

Stephen B. Herndon, 37, of Holden

Allegations: At company with Ellis, paid nearly $425,000 in kickbacks over five years for contracts.

Charges/penalties if convicted: Structuring cash withdrawal from a local bank; up to five years and $250,000.

Scott E. Ellis, 44, of Holden

Allegations: At company with Stephen B. Herndon, paid nearly $425,000 in kickbacks over five years for contracts.

Charges/penalties if convicted: Structuring cash withdrawal from a local bank; up to five years and $250,000.

Alvis R. Porter, 61, of Holden

Allegations: Paid $400,000 in kickbacks directly to Runyon for construction contract.

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