Criminal Enforcement


EPA's criminal enforcement program was established in 1982 and was granted full law enforcement authority by Congress in 1988. It enforces the nation's laws by investigating cases, collecting evidence, conducting forensic analyses and providing legal guidance to assist in the prosecution of criminal conduct that threatens people's health and the environment. The Criminal Enforcement Overview provides more information on investigative activities. Read more about adjudicated case summaries in the monthly Environmental Crimes Case Bulletin.

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New Jersey Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Biodiesel Fraud Scheme

Joseph Furando Mug ShotJoseph Furando, 50, was sentenced to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and fined more than $56 Million in restitution for his role in an elaborate scheme to defraud biodesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling biodiesel incentives. "Joseph Furando used fraud to spin biodiesel programs into a million-dollar home, high-end cars, expensive jewelry and... See the Full Press Release.

Recent Criminal Case Milestones

  • Montgomery County Company Charged with Clean Water Act Violations.  December 16, 2015.  More Information...
  • Energy Resource Technology GOM, LLC (ERT) charged with two felony counts of violating the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and two felony counts of violating the Clean Water Act. November 30, 2015.  More Information...
  • Multiple defendants charged in Santa Clara waste water facillity explosion which caused serious injuries to employees and first responders. November 24, 2015. More Information...
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