A federal grand jury indicted a Perry County man Thursday on charges that he posed as a mine foreman to certify mine safety records.
Timothy Allen Hurd, 32, of Vicco, was indicted on nine counts of false certifications, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
According to the indictment, Hurd signed and certified safety records nine times between November 2010 and January 2011, even though he was not a qualified mine foreman.
If convicted, Hurd could face a fine of up to $250,000 and a maximum prison sentence of five years.
Mine foremen are responsible for checking for potentially hazardous conditions before miners enter the mine, and they must document their observations in a Preshift-Mine Examiner's Report safety book. Only approved mine personnel qualified to examine the mine may make entries and sign the safety book.