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Blankenship indicted

CHARLESTON - United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced, last week, that a federal grand jury  returned an indictment charging Donald L. Blankenship, former Chief Executive Officer of Massey Energy Company, with four criminal offenses.  The announcement came Thursday afternoon, November 13, 2014.

According to Goodwin’s office, the indictment charges Blankenship with conspiracy to violate mandatory federal mine safety and health standards, conspiracy to impede federal mine safety officials, making false statements to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and securities fraud.

The indictment also alleges that from about January 1, 2008, through about April 9,…

AG in warning over unknown foreign numbers

CHARLESTON—Attorney General Patrick Morrisey last week warned citizens to think twice before answering or returning phone calls from foreign or unknown locations.

“We have received reports from citizens who are getting dozens of phone calls a day from international numbers,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Some of these calls may be sweepstakes or lottery scams; while others may be scams to provide medical devices. Other calls may be the so-called ‘one-ring scam’ where someone calls a consumer then hangs up after one-ring with the hope the consumer calls back so the scammer can load the consumer’s bill with unintended charges. Whatever the scam, we are advising citizens to simply not…

Dirty Girl Mud Run suit filed

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced, last week, that he filed a lawsuit in Kanawha County Circuit Court against Human Movement Inc., the Colorado-based company that contracted with the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau to produce the 2014 Dirty Girl Mud Run in Charleston.

According to the lawsuit filed by Morrisey, Human Movement allegedly was engaged in a protracted buyout of the Dirty Girl Mud Run brand from 100 LLC. As the sale began to falter, Human Movement along with its principal owners Jeff Suffolk and Alta Equity Partners allegedly began leveraging the cancellation of the July 26 Charleston event to force 100 LLC into an untenable…