Joseph Hardesty , owner of a Sierra Nevada mine near Sacramento, Calif., is seen here in an El Dorado County Sheriff's Department booking photo Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, after state and local officials ... more 
Joseph Hardesty , owner of a Sierra Nevada mine near Sacramento, Calif., is seen here in an El Dorado County Sheriff's Department booking photo Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, after state and local officials officials say he was running a massive illegal gold-mining operation. Hardesty also faces state fines of nearly $900,000. He was booked into El Dorado County Jail on the charges, which include four felonies, and was being held in lieu of $75,000 bond. (AP Photo/El Dorado County Jail) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By El Dorado County Jail
Thu, Feb 9, 2012 10:51 PM EST