2 men allegedly posed as mining officials

LONDON, Ky. (AP) - Federal grand juries in eastern Kentucky have indicted two men in separate cases for allegedly posing as mine officials.

A grand jury in London indicted Timothy Allen Hurd of Vicco on Thursday on nine counts of false certifications. The indictment says Hurd posed as a mine foreman and signed safety records but was never certified in Kentucky.

In the second case, a federal grand jury in Pikeville indicted Paul Jaston Arnett on seven counts of false statements and posing as an underground mining instructor and an eighth count for making a false statement. The indictment says Arnett made false statements on federal mine safety forms that certify training for new miners.

Both men face up to five years in prison and $250,000 fines if convicted on all counts.

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