- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Boone County man has admitted to falsifying a mine safety report.

Twenty-nine-year-old Shawn Glenn Stover of Whitesville pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Charleston to falsifying a Mine Safety and Health Administration document while working at Newtown Mining Co.’s Peerless Rachel Mine.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says that in May and June 2013, Stover signed preshift and on-shift reports that he completed mine inspections. However, he wasn’t certified as a foreman and used foreman’s certificate numbers that weren’t his.

Stover faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing was set for Dec. 12.

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