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Criminal Press Releases - 2017

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OCEFT SealThis is a list of press releases announcing results of EPA criminal cases adjudicated in U.S. courts. The tables are sortable and can be viewed by date or alphabetically under all other headings.
 


 
 
Month/Day Defendant State Violation Related Media Case Status Press Release
12/6  Oliver Schmidt (Volkswagen) MI

Conspiracy to: defraud the United States, commit wire fraud, and violate the Clean Air Act
Violation of the Clean Air Act

CAA
Title 18
Sentencing DOJ Press Release
11/27 Jason A. Halek
Nathan R. Garber
TX Safe Drinking Water Act Violations, Conspiracy to violate the SDWA and defraud the United States, making false statements, falsification of records, and concealment of a tangible object.

SDWA
Title 18

Sentencing DOJ Press Release
11/20 Terminix LP
Terminix USVI
VI Illegally applying fumigants containing methyl bromide in multiple residential locations (causing serious injury and hospitalization) FIFRA Sentencing DOJ Press Release
11/15 Guido A. Cortes-Rodriguez CT Falsely certifying the completion of asbestos abatement courses CAA Sentencing DOJ Press Release
11/1 Sean P. Doctor NY Making a False Statement - falsified waste manifest when shipping asbestos CAA Sentencing DOJ Press Release
10/12 Lance A. Charen DE Tampering with Clean Water Act monitoring methods and transporting hazardous waste without a hazardous waste manifest CWA
RCRA
Sentencing DOJ Press Release
10/12 Kenneth Johns TX Conspiracy to obstruct justice, making false documents, and making false statements - in connection with explosion on oil platform in Gulf of Mexico Title 18 Indictment DOJ Press Release
9/27 Tyson Poultry MO Improper waste disposal from spill, resulting in large-scale fish kill CWA Plea Agreement DOJ Press Release
9/21 William S. Jackson OH Illegal demolition - failure to remove asbestos prior to demolishing a factory near homes and a school TSCA Sentencing DOJ Press Release
9/20 Luminaire Environmental and Technologies, Inc.
John D. Miller Jr.
Joseph V. Miller
MN Fraudulently selling PCB ballasts to metal scrap yards TSCA Indictment DOJ Press Release
9/11 Sean Gerson CA

Sale of an unregistered pesticide - connected with selling misbranded veterinary medications without a prescription

FIFRA Plea Agreement DOJ Press Release
9/7 Maureen S. Walck NY Failure to provide lead paint warning notice - resulting in child lead poisoning TSCA Plea Agreement DOJ Press Release
9/7 Michael J. Ward NY Clean Water Act Violation - discharging wastewater containing excessive levels of biochemical oxygen demand (“BOD”) into the Raquette River CWA Plea Agreement DOJ Press Release
9/5 Adam D. Boylen OH Clean Water Act Violations - Dumping wastewater into tributaries of the Tuscarawas River CWA Sentencing DOJ Press Release
8/31 Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC TX Clean Water Act Violation and 8 violations of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) - for negligence, causing explosions  which resulted in the deaths of 3 workers and serious injuries to other workers CWA
OCSLA
Sentencing DOJ Press Release
8/30 Randy Less IA Clean Water Act Violation - Discharging ethanol into a tributary of the Maquoketa River

CWA

Sentencing DOJ Press Release
8/25 James Robert Liang MI Conspiracy to defraud the U.S., wire fraud, Clean Air Act violation (in connection with Volkswagen (VW))

CAA,
Title 18

Sentencing DOJ Press Release
8/16 AIREKO Construction Company PR Clean Air Act Violation - Asbestos CAA Sentencing DOJ Press Release
8/15 James Kenneth Ward MT Illegal disposal of radioactive waste Title 18 Fugitive Listing

FUGITIVE NOTICE

EPA Press Release

8/4 Oliver Schmidt MI Conspiracy to defraud the U.S., wire fraud, Clean Air Act violation (in connection with Volkswagen (VW)) CAA, Title 18 Plea Agreement DOJ Press Release
8/2 Andre Bernard NY RINs fraud (in connection with Gen-X and Southern Resources and Commodities (SRC)) Title 18 Plea Agreement DOJ Press Release
6/20 Mahmoud Alkabbani CA Attempting to illegally purchase HCFC-22, a refrigerant gas and class II ozon-depleting substance CAA Indictment DOJ Press Release
5/15

Sean Doctor
SD Specialty Services, LLC
Raj Chopra
CEM (Environmental Consulting)

NY Making false statements (falsifying waste manifests for transportation of asbestos-containing debris) CAA Plea Agreement DOJ Press Release
5/11 Brian Dale Fleming
BF Byproducts, LLC
MO Dumping grease into the Big Piney River CWA Indictment DOJ Press Release
5/4 Ben Wooton
Race Miner
Keystone Biofuels, Inc.
 
PA Conspiracy and false statements related to biofuels fraud (RINs fraud) Title 18 Indictment DOJ Press Release
4/24

Starlite Reclamation Environmental Services Inc.,
Christopher Jaramillo
Robert Conn
Andrew Hucks
Fernando Torres

TX
  • Illegal discharges of acidic industrial wastewater into a sewer system
  • Tampering with monitoring devices
CWA Indictment DOJ Press Release
4/12 Jason Halek ND Clean Water Act violations related to operation of an injection well CWA Plea Agreement DOJ Press Release
3/23 Berkshire Power Plant Co, 
Powerplant Management Services Inc.
MA
  • Tampering with air pollution emissions equipmnent
  • Submimtting false information to both environmental and energy regulators
CAA Sentencing DOJ Press Release
3/21 Andres Pichardo MA Illegally dumping hazardous waste oil into drain which discharges into Merrimack River CWA Indictment MassDep Press Release
2/23 Wood Group, PSN Inc LA
  • False reporting related to safety inspections (leading to an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico)
  • Negligently discharging Oil into the Gulf of Mexico
CWA Sentencing DOJ Press Release
2/21 Andres Pichardo MA Disposing of hazardous waste in a manner endangering the environment and without a license from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)(Illegally dumping over a thousand gallons of hazardous waste oil down a drain that could discharge into the Merrimack River) Waste Indictment AG Press Release
2/17

AK Scientific
Peiwen Zhou

CA
  • TSCA violations (Failing to complete required import certifications; failing to properly label packages containing hazardous materials)
  • Hazardous Materials  Transportation Act violation (Transporting hazardous materials without labeling the packages as required by the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (HMTA)
  • Conspiracy to Defraud the United States (Mislabeling contents of containers)
TSCA, HMTA, Title 18 Indictment DOJ Press Release
2/17 Darin Lewis
Billy Ray Roberson
FL Wire Fraud (in connection with falsifying water samples during the testing of new water lines) Title 18 Plea Agreement DOJ Press Release
2/14 Adam Boylen OH Clean Water Act violations (dumping wastewater into tributaries of the Tuscarawas River) CWA Indictment DOJ Press Release
2/3 Kenneth Gravitt (Global Environmental Services) KY

Illegal Storage, transporation and disposal of hazardous waste (electronic waste)

RCRA Indictment DOJ Press Release
2/2 International Petroleum Corporation DE
  • Clean Water Act violation (tampering with monitoring methods and monitoring device)
  • RCRA violation (transporting hazardous waste without a hazardous waste manifest)
CWA, RCRA Sentencing DOJ Press Release
1/31 Richard Estes WA

Conspiracy to commit money laundering (in connection with renewable energy tax credit fraud)

CAA, Title 18 Sentencing DOJ Press Release
1/24 Omega Protein, Inc. LA

Unlawful discharge of a pollutant ino U.S. waters (drained polluted water into a canal leading to Vermilion River

CWA Sentencing DOJ Press Release
1/18

John Brewer

WV

Falsifying water sampling data for coal mining operations

CWA Sentencing

DOJ Press Release