By Rachel Dove
LOGAN - Additional information has been revealed stemming from the federal investigation into a possible kickback and billing scheme at Arch Coal’s Mountain Laurel Complex, located in Logan County.
In Sunday’s edition of the Daily News, information was released to the public from an Arch Coal official who confirmed that a federal investigation was ongoing at their facility, that one employee at Mountain Laurel had been fired, and said that at least five vendors who serve the mines or conduct business there had received target letters from the U.S. Attorney’s office.
A target letter is issued to inform an individual that a federal prosecutor has gathered evidence linking them to a crime and that they are under federal investigation. A target letter is not an indictment from a grand jury.
Information was released from the company Thursday that a second employee at Mountain Laurel has been fired in connection with the investigation, but no names have thus far been revealed to the media or to the public.
The Daily News was also told by reliable sources that Arch Coal owns a number of houses in the area around the mine and that one of the homes, commonly referred to as “The White House”, was allegedly used by employees, vendors, and guests, both male and female, for various types of socializing and possibly debauchery.
An investigation into activities and events that occurred at this site, as well as the individuals involved in them, is part of the open case being conducted by the FBI.