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W.Va. miner goes to prison for violating probation

Associated Press Published: May 3, 2012

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — An ex-coal miner who lied about his credentials to perform pre-shift safety inspections is headed to prison for violating probation.

U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers sentenced 31-year-old Neil Hasen of Alkol last summer for his actions at Big River Mining's Broad Run Mine in Mason County.

Hasen admitted using another worker's identification number at least two dozen times because he wasn't certified to do conduct the examinations.

In court Thursday, Hasen admitted faking an official document at the halfway house where he's been living to make it appear he'd changed jobs and couldn't afford to stay there.

Chambers said he'd repeatedly given breaks to Hasen, who continues to follow what he called "a course of deceit and defiance."

He sentenced Hasen to six months behind bars and 30 months' probation.