CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Three more people have been charged in a false billing scheme involving Alpha Natural Resources and a major supplier.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Thursday that the defendants have agreed to plead guilty along with four others who were charged in March.
The latest defendants are 49-year-old Ricky R. Smith of Glen Daniels, 34-year-old James Rodger Long of Beckley and 41-year-old Harold Wayne Brown of Madison.
Smith and Long are former sourcing agents for Massey Energy legacy mines. They're charged with wire fraud and aiding and abetting. Brown, a former Alpha underground maintenance chief, is charged with lying to federal investigators.
Prosecutors say the scheme involves sourcing agents, who are responsible for ordering supplies, obtaining goods for their personal use and creating false invoices to try to cover their tracks.