Mine Inspector Gets Year In Prison For Extortion

LOUISA, Ky. (AP) - A former state inspector has been sentenced
to a year in prison.
Randall Smith of Greenup pleaded guilty today to a felony
extortion charge for trying to solicit a $500 bribe from a mine
Smith formerly worked for the Kentucky Environmental and Public
Protection Cabinet.
He was also ordered to pay $150 in court costs and provide 30
hours of community service work.
Prosecutors allege that Smith tried to solicit the bribe from a
surface mine operator in Lawrence County last September. The state
agency suspended Smith with pay on the date of the extortion
attempt and requested an investigation by the Office of the
Inspector General and the Kentucky State Police. He was fired later
that month.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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