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Top Delinquent Debtor Agrees to Guilty Plea in Tax Case

Posted by Ellen Smith on July 10, 2013

Brandy Horvath, controller of The New West Virginia Mining Co., and on the Mine Safety and Health News’ MSHA delinquent debtors list, has apparently agreed to plead guilty to charges stemming from a tax fraud case (see 20 MSHN 189, “As Budget Crisis Hits, Government is Owed $69.8 Million in delinquent Penalties.)”

Horvath was listed as fifth on the list of delinquent mine controllers owing $1,369,244 in delinquent penalties related to The New West Virginia Mining Co. However, according to an April 2012 indictment, the real controller of the mine was Horvath’s boyfriend, James Trent, who owes the IRS at least $800,000 in personal, corporate and employment taxes.

No word from MSHA on whether the agency will change the controller information, or how the agency plans on getting the $1.3 million plus in delinquent fines.

Horvath’s (or Trent’s) Apache Mine paid only $100 in penalties since Aug. 28, 2008 when Horvath/Trent became controllers of the operation. The mine received a “Potential Pattern of Violations” notice April 12, 2011.

The case is before the U.S. District Court in Beckley, W.Va. (Case No. 5:11-cr-00247).

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