A hammer rock operator who drilled six holes in a waterway on the coast of New Mexico pleaded guilty to charges that he used his job to collect and sell illegal rock for a multimillion-dollar profit.
In August, a judge sentenced Michael C. Pangborn to six months in jail, but his lawyers said he will serve time behind bars.
Pangborn, 42, told a judge he was shocked and shocked to learn about the charges against him and admitted he lied to federal agents about how he got the rock, according to court documents.
He was sentenced Monday to six-and-a-half years in federal prison.
Papau Pangbeans attorney, Mark Mazzocco, said the company has a strict policy against hiring employees for illegal activities.
Mazzocca said he believes Pangboen is an honest and hardworking worker who has a good family.
He said his client’s story is one of a company that’s built strong relationships with federal agents and that Pangbens actions have been transparent and honest.
Panther Mountain Corporation in New Mexico is known for its deep water drilling on the Navajo Nation.
It has more than 500 wells.
Pamela Pangbean, Pang’s sister, said Monday she is devastated by Pangbeans sentencing.
Pentagon spokesman David LeBlanc said the Army has received information that PANGBEN has been selling rock to criminals and drug dealers in the U.S. He said the information is being reviewed.
The charges against Pangburns brother are serious and a result of an ongoing investigation, according a statement from the Pentagon.
Panda, Pangu and Pangu are all-American brothers who graduated from high school in the United States, according the Pentagon’s statement.
Pangu is an Air Force veteran who lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
He has worked as a truck driver and is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Pangu’s wife, Panda Pangu, is a teacher at a school in Albuquerque.
Pemigewong River in New Hampshire, which flows through the village of Pangu in New Jersey, has long been a popular spot for fishing.
But last summer, an environmental group sued to stop the company’s operations.
The suit was settled last week.
The Pangu brothers were fined $500 each by the U,S.
Army Corps of Engineers for violating the Clean Water Act, and Pangbroes father was ordered to pay $100,000 in fines and costs.