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W.Va. mine foreman accused of safety violations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A federal grand jury has indicted a southern West Virginia mine foreman on safety violation charges.

Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that 36-year-old Craig Belcher of Bluefield was charged with four counts of providing a false statement, representation and certification in a Mine Safety and Health Administration document.

The alleged incidents occurred at two mines in Wyoming County and one apiece in Fayette and McDowell counties.

The indictment says Belcher signed reports that he completed mine inspections between January 2009 and July 2010. However, Belcher wasn't certified as a foreman when the reports were completed, and he allegedly used foreman's certificate numbers that weren't his.

If convicted, Belcher faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count. It wasn't immediately known whether Belcher had an attorney.

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