LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. — MetroNews affiliate WVOW Radio in Logan is reporting at least one employee at Arch Coal’s Mountain Laurel Complex in Sharples, W.Va. has been fired in connection with an alleged billing and kickback scheme.
On Thursday, Arch Coal officials confirmed a federal investigation, focused on the allegations, was underway.
“Arch is deeply committed to maintaining the very highest ethical standards in everything we do,” said Kim Link, Arch Coal spokesperson.
“In keeping with that commitment, Arch requested the help of federal authorities to investigate potential misconduct involving vendors and mine personnel in West Virginia. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charleston, W.Va. is leading the investigation with our full cooperation.”
Federal investigators do not typically comment on ongoing investigations.