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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

Betsy C. Jividen
Acting UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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March 10, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — A 40 year old Monongalia County resident entered a plea of guilty today (March 10, 2010) in United States District Court in Clarksburg before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull.

Acting United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that JOHN RENNER, a Foreman at Federal No. 2 Mine, entered a plea of guilty to an Information charging him with falsely certifying a Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) document that he had conducted an examination of the No. 27 block seal for the Federal No 2 Mine in Fairview, Monongalia County, West Virginia, on January 24, 2010, when, in fact, he knew that he had not made such an examination.

MSHA Assistant Secretary Joseph A. Main said, “The deliberate attempt to falsify records required to be maintained under the Mine Act endangers miners, undermines MSHA’s enforcement responsibility, and will be addressed by all available means.”

According to Acting U. S. Attorney Jividen, “The investigation of alleged violations at Federal No. 2 mine is ongoing. It is by enforcing the laws and regulations that are put in place to protect our miners, that we can help make the mining industry a safe working environment for all workers and the mining communities.”

RENNER, who is currently free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a fine of $10,000.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn Angus Morgan. The case was investigated by the United States Department of Labor – Mine Safety & Health Administration.

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