The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 11, 2013

Former mine president admits guilt


The Associated Press

— The former president of a West Virginia mining company has pleaded guilty to income tax evasion.

The government says the plea was entered by Brandy M. Horvath, 39,  of Mercer County. She is the ex-president New West Virginia Mining Co.

Horvath also pleaded guilty on behalf of the company to structuring cash withdrawals from company bank accounts to avoid tax reporting.

The U.S. attorney’s office said Horvath entered her plea on Tuesday amid jury selection for her trial in federal court in Beckley.

Prosecutors said she acknowledged that she and several associates structured hundreds of thousands of dollars in company accounts held by banks in West Virginia and Virginia.

Horvath is scheduled for sentencing in November. She faces up to three years in prison and a fine of $250,000.