A judge declined to sentence a 45-year-old man as planned Thursday for allegedly forcing companies to pay kickbacks for machine repair work.
Delbarton resident David Runyan is the former manager of an Arch Coal mine in
He pleaded guilty last year to a count of extortion and of tax evasion. Nine
others have also pleaded guilty in crimes associated with the kickback scheme
at the Sharples Mount Laurel mining complex. Logan County
Prosecutors have accused Runyan of benefiting from extortion schemes by forcing vendors and contractors to pay kickbacks, but U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston felt there wasn’t enough evidence of what happened to approve a plea agreement.