- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Logan County businessman will spend three years on probation for tax charges related to a kickback scheme.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says 52-year-old Gary Roeher of Holden also will pay a $5,000 fine.

Roeher pleaded guilty in July to filing false tax returns. He admitted he illegally claimed business-expense deductions for kickbacks paid to an official at Arch Coal’s Mountain Laurel Mining complex in Logan County.

As part of the plea agreement, Roeher will forfeit more than $35,000 that he paid in kickbacks.

Roeher was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

He was among 10 men who pleaded guilty to various charges related to the scheme. Four are former Arch employees. The rest were contractors or vendors.

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