BLUEFIELD, W.Va. -- A southern West Virginia mine foreman indicted by a federal grand jury on safety violation charges is set to stand trial this summer.
A July 30 trial date has been set for 36-year-old Craig Belcher of Bluefield.
Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/15oaN8u) that Belcher was released this week on a $10,000 bond. Additional pre-trial hearings also were set.
He was charged in late April with four counts of providing a false statement, representation and certification in a Mine Safety and Health Administration document.
The alleged incidents occurred between January 2009 and July 2010 at Spartan Mining Co.'s Road Fork No. 51 mine and Double Bonus's No. 65 mine, both in Wyoming County; Frasure Creek's No. 15 mine in Fayette County, and Pay Car's No. 58 mine in McDowell County.
The indictment said Belcher signed both preshift and on-shift reports that he completed mine inspections. 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.