- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - The trial has been postponed for an employee at a Raleigh County coal industry laboratory accused of falsifying water samples.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (https://bit.ly/1ZcAcxD) 62-year-old John Brewer will be tried in federal court beginning Aug. 8.

Brewer, a manager at Appalachian Laboratories Inc., is accused of conspiracy to violate the Clean Water Act, mail fraud and making false statements. He has pleaded not guilty.

Brewer’s trial had been scheduled for July 11, but his attorney John Wooten says more time was needed to prepare.

Brewer could face up to 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine if convicted of all seven counts in a federal grand jury indictment.

Former lab employee John W. Shelton is currently serving one year and nine months in prison for tampering with water samples.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, https://wvgazettemail.com.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More

Click to Hide