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Ex-Logan County circuit clerk gets probation, fine

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Former Logan County Circuit Clerk Alvis Porter, 61, of Holden, was sentenced to three years of federal probation and a $2,000 fine on Wed., Feb. 18, in U.S. Federal Court in Charleston.

In July 2014, Porter pleaded guilty to failing to collect, account for and pay over federal employment taxes. He also admitted to paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks to David Runyon, general manager of Arch Coal’s Mountain Laurel mining complex in Logan County.

Porter owned and operated Quality Oil Inc., which did construction work at the Mountain Laurel complex. Porter admitted that he began paying kickbacks to Runyon in 2009, so Runyon would continue to hire Porter’s company to do work at the mine. Porter paid Runyon $5,000 per month initially, with the sum eventually growing to $10,000 per month. Porter estimates he paid Runyon around $400,000 in kickbacks over four years.

Porter also admitted that in 2013, he paid a Quality Oil employee under-the-table cash wages to avoid withholding federal taxes…

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