A Pike County man is facing federal charges after authorities say he falsified mine safety and health training records.
US Attorney for the Southern Indiana District Joe Hogsett announced today that 66-year-old Oril Dent of Winslow faces charges for preparing false safety training certifications which are required to be maintained under the guidelines of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act. Dent was in court today for his initial hearing and was released following his appearance.
An investigation conducted by the Mine Safety and Health Administration division of the US Department of Labor shows that Dent was an underground and surface coal mining safety instructor for his own training business between October of 2011 and April of 2012.
During that time, Dent allegedly sold Mine Safety and Health Administration annual hazard certificates of training to coal hauling truck drivers. Those drivers are required to receive annual hazard training, but according to authorities, Dent did not provide the training before selling the certificates. Authorities say Dent signed the certificates saying that he had provided the training when in fact he had not.
Assistant US Attorney Todd Shellenbarger (who is representing the government) says Dent is facing up to 5 years in prison and a 250 thousand dollar fine.
No future court dates have been set in this case.