Man pleads guilty in W.Va. mine kickback scheme

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 7, 2014 at 11:07 am •  Published: August 7, 2014
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Delbarton man pleaded guilty Thursday to spearheading a kickback scheme at an Arch Coal mine in southern West Virginia.

David E. Runyon's guilty plea came 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.

Judge Thomas Johnston said Runyon's plea agreement includes $1 million in restitution to Arch and about $426,000 to the Internal Revenue Service.

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, and some companies spent more than $400,000 to maintain lucrative contracts with Arch. The St. Louis-based company is one of the biggest coal producers and marketers worldwide.

Runyon, 46, orchestrated the setup as Mountain Laurel's general manager, court documents state.

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