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Man pleads guilty in W.Va. mine kickback scheme

Aug. 07, 2014 @ 11:28 AM

CHARLESTON — 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.