Patton Boggs Insights - December 2012: Litigation/Courts: Kentucky Man Gets Three Years In Miner Training Scam

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A man who passed himself off as a certified mine instructor and lied to MSHA investigators has been sentenced to three years in federal prison. Paul Jason Arnett, 21, was handed a sentence a year longer than the maximum recommended at a district court proceeding in Kentucky in September. Court records show that Arnett falsely presented himself as a certified mine instructor and fraudulently certified on MSHA training forms in June 2011 that he had provided new miner training. Arnett not only lacked the necessary certification, he never provided training. According to his plea agreement, when two MSHA agents questioned him during the investigation, Arnett told them he was Paul Arnett’s brother and offered to help them find him.

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