Associated Press Published

Ex-Arch Coal Employee Sentenced for Kickbacks


A former Arch Coal employee will spend six months in prison for lying to investigators about a kickback scheme at a mine.

Gary Griffith had pleaded guilty in July 2014 to making a materially false statement in a federal matter. The 63-year-old Oceana resident was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says Griffith admitted lying about receiving kickbacks when he was maintenance manager at Arch Coal’s Mountain Laurel Mining Complex in Logan County.

Goodwin says in a news release that an unnamed person associated with North American Rebuild Company, Inc. paid kickbacks to Griffith and the mine’s former general manager for each shuttle car ordered from the company.

The company provided shuttle cars to Mountain Laurel and another Arch Coal mine.