7/29/2013 10:42 PM
by Courtney Rosemond
CHARLESTON - A Mercer County man who falsified mandatory mine safety reports while employed at several West Virginia mining operations pleaded guilty today to a federal charge
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says, Craig Belcher, 36 of Bluefield, pleaded guilty to providing a false statement, representation and certification in a Mine Safety and Health Administration document. Between January of 2009 and July of 2010, Belcher signed pre-shift and on-shift reports; Belcher was not certified as a foreman when he completed the mine reports. He also used a foreman's numbers that did not belong to him.
Belcher faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on December second.