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CHRISTOPHER MAN CHARGED WITH MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS TO MINE SAFETY & HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2011

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on June 7, 2011, John Matthew Brower, 41, of Christopher, IL, was indicted by a Grand Jury sitting in Benton on two Counts of making false statements to the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Count 1 of the Indictment charges that on January 25, 2010, in Perry County, Brower knowingly made a false statement regarding the certification of mine emergency evacuation training and drills required by federal law. Count 2 of the Indictment charges that on April 22, 2010, in Perry County, Brower knowingly made a false statement regarding the certification of mine emergency evacuation training and drills required by federal law.

“My office takes these charges of making false statements concerning disaster preparedness very seriously. One could only imagine what horror could result if workers were not properly trained in disaster response.” said United States Attorney Wigginton.

With respect to both counts, if convicted, Brower faces up to 5 years’ imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years’ supervised release.

Brower is set for a Jury Trial on August 22, 2011, in the United States District Court in Benton, Illinois.

Please remember that a person is presumed innocent of any charges unless that person is found guilty in a court of law based upon evidence presented.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Mine Safety and Health Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney George A. Norwood.

 

 

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