About a year ago, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that he was charging 10 men in a widespread scheme that forced companies to pay kickbacks to obtain work at an Arch Coal mining complex in Logan County.
“This kind of pay-to-play scheme hurts honest coal-industry vendors who refuse to pay bribes as a way to get customers,” Goodwin said in a news release at the time. He said the scheme had resulted in $1.5 million in kickbacks paid between 2007 and 2012.
All of the men had been charged by information, which can’t happen without a defendant’s cooperation. Prosecutors asked a judge to schedule plea hearings for the men.
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