Eight former supervisory and safety officials at Armstrong Coal have been charged by a federal grand jury with Conspiracy to Defraud an agency of the United States Government.
They’re accused of cheating and lying to regulators about black lung and whether that causes risks to miners.
The eight individuals are also charged with making false statements as results of tests that are required to be conducted every 60 days to protect certain designated occupations.
The Armstrong officials apparently replaced the miners who ran the most dust-causing machines during testing with miners who were not wearing the dust-causing devices, so that the company would pass the test.
Officials also fabricated and submitted dust sampling test results on the days that the mine was shut down or not in operation, thus skewing the test results.
Charles Barber, Brian Casebier, Steven Demoss, Billie Hearld, Ron Ivy, John Ellis Scott, Dwight Fulkerson, and Jeremy Hackney are the eight former officials facing charges.