WHEELING, W.Va. — A coal miner who worked at the Tunnel Ridge Mine in Ohio County has been charged with falsifying safety records.

A federal grand jury indicted Sean Chase, 31, of Spencer, Monday for allegedly claiming to be a mine foreman and making false representations and certification in mine safety records. It was a 29-count indictment.

If convicted, Chase, who was not certified as a foreman, could face up to 10 years in prison for falsifying documents.

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  • Billy

    Should be 29 counts of attempted murder

  • DWL

    Bet his UMWA card was valid though. Wearing that UNION label .........

  • Jason412

    Seems like it shouldn't be so easy to forge certifications for something so importan. Is there not an organization that issues these certifications that could be contacted by the mining company to double check before hiring someone?

  • jay zoom

    give this clown the max plus ten if convicted. and add a $100.000 fine then set up a $10.000 scholarship fund for ten years to a deserving coalminers son or daughter.