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North Carolina Oil Refinery President Sentenced in Oil Pollution/ Tax Evasion Case

Release Date: 06/05/2003
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John Millett 202-564-7842/

(06/05/03) Andrew Jackson Simmons, Jr., of Wilmington, N.C., President of High Rise Services Company, Inc., was sentenced to two years in prison, three years supervised release, a $50,000 fine and to pay the costs of his prosecution on the income tax charges by U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina in Wilmington. Simmons previously pled guilty to violating the Clean Water Act and to income tax evasion. High Rise Services is in the business of re-refining used oils into useable products and cleaning storage tanks. Illegal operations at the company led to the discharge of oil into the Cape Fear River. Releasing oil into surface waters can make the waters unfit for recreation and drinking and can cause significant harm to fish and wildlife. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office, the U.S. Coast Guard Criminal Investigation Division, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.