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Arville Sargent Gets Six Years


A former workers' compensation auditor from Chapmanville has been sentenced to six years in federal prison for taking bribes in exchange for allowing coal company contractors to underreport their payroll.

52 year old  Arville Sargent was sentenced Friday in federal court in Charleston.

Sargent was charged with mail fraud and tax evasion in February and pleaded guilty a month later.

Sargent was an auditor for BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Company, the state's largest workers' compensation insurance provider. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin has said the fraud cheated BrickStreet out of millions of dollars in insurance premiums it was owed.

Besides Sargent, four others have been sentenced in the multimillion-dollar scheme.


The other four, who were the operators of employee leasing companies, have been cooperating with federal investigators.  Their cooperation has led to the investigation and pending indictment of others involved in similar schemes, a gambling ring operating on the border between West Virginia and Kentucky, and has possibly revealed more corruption in Mingo County.

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