Two sentenced for falsifying MSHA form

ABINGDON, Va. — Two southwestern Virginia men have been sentenced for their roles in falsifying Mine Safety and Health training forms.

Dustin Fannon, 35, of Wise County, applied with a mining company in 2016 but did not have the required MSHA safety training. Instead, he submitted a forged form saying that he received the training.

After it was discovered, he admitted to not receiving the training and told investigators he got the form from Bryan Bouton, 35, of Wise County. Bouton initially lied to investigators about his involvement.

Now, Bouton has been sentenced to three months in prison for creating the falsified form and lying to investigators.

Fannon has been sentenced to four months of home incarceration for submitting the forged document.

MSHA requires all miners to receive eight hours of safety training every year.