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West Virginia Miners File Lawsuit Against Governor Jim Justice For Bounced Checks

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BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – Governor Jim Justice is being sued by a group of miners that say they received bounced checks.

A lawsuit filed in federal court in Beckley by the West Virginia Miners say they received bounced checks and that Bluestone Industries violated the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

People named in the lawsuit are Jim Justice, Bluestone Industries, Secretary James Miller,  and the governor’s grown children, Jay and Jill Justice, who are directors of the business.

On February 23, Kenneth Cozart said he went to deposit his check and it bounced and was charged fees.  Bluestone then wired the money to the employee but then was charged a wire transfer fee.

The plaintiff goes on to say this happened several more times.

In the lawsuit it says that Cozart represents hundreds, or thousands of miners similarly affected.



Tyler Barker

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