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ABINGDON, Va. (AP and WVVA) -- A grand jury in Virginia has returned charges against five West Virginia men for an alleged scheme to withdraw more than $10 million in cash from financial institutions to pay kickbacks to mine supply buyers.

Charged are William Adams of Yukon, David Cline of Panther, Joshua Cline of Mohawk, John Ward of War and Michael Dunlap of Summerco.

Combined, the five men face 130 counts related to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Government.

The indictment announced Monday was returned by grand jurors sitting in Abingdon. The indictment alleges the five were involved in a check-cashing scheme to cloak the withdrawal of $10 million in cash from coal companies and related businesses by coal operators.

In exchange for a 10 percent fee, J.D. "Dot" McReynolds of Tazewell, Va., provided cash and fraudulent invoices to the coal operators. The government says the 75-year-old McReynolds has already pleaded guilty and faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

McReynolds is among 16 Virginia and West Virginia defendants who have entered guilty pleas.

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