Enforcement

Criminal Press Releases - 2011

This is a list that provides links to case summaries or press releases announcing results of EPA criminal cases adjudicated in U.S. courts. This is a sortable table and can be viewed by date or alphabetically under all other headings.

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Month/Day Defendant State Violation Related Media Case Status Press Release
             
12/19 Lieze Associates, dba Eagle Recycling NY • Conspiring to violate the Clean Water Act and to defrauding the United States Water Sentencing Case Summary
12/15 Pelican Refining Company LLC LA • Knowingly committed criminal violations of its operating permit
• Obstruction of justice for submitting materially false deviation reports to LDEQ
Air Sentencing EPA Press Release

Case Summary

Joint Factual Statement

Pelican Exhibits

12/13 Ilios Shipping
Romulo Esperas
LA • Illegal discharges of oil waste by falsifying the vessel's oil record book
• Conspiracy to obstruct justice
Water Guilty Plea Case Summary
12/02 Scott Allen Beckmann MO • Misprision of a felony
• Making a false statement
Water Sentencing Case Summary
11/30 Josimar Ferreira MA • Improper use of pesticides
• Making false statements
Pesticides Sentencing Case Summary
11/23 Corn Plus MN • Making false statements Air Guilty Plea
Sentencing
Case Summary
11/21 Indian Ridge Resort Community - Indian Ridge Resort, Inc.
North Shore Investments, LLC
MO • Failed to prevent storm water runoff at the construction site from discharging silt into Table Rock Lake Water Guilty Plea Case Summary
11/18 Columbus Steel Castings Company, Inc. OH • Failing to operate air pollution controls
• Failing to report violations
• Failing to perform required monitoring
• Failing to conduct stack testing to demonstrate compliance
Air Sentencing EPA Press Release

Case Summary

11/17 Ronald Eugene Kinard
Jack Bard Haney
NC • One count of conspiracy
• Making false material statements
Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
11/15 Edward Wyman CA • Illegally storing toxic and explosive hazardous wastes in his backyard, materials that posed an imminent danger to nearby residents Waste Sentencing EPA Press Release

Case Summary

11/07 Kenneth Horan NY • Violating the Clear Air Act and National Emission Standards applicable to asbestos Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
11/02 A.E. Nomikos Shipping Inv. Ltd.
Lounia Shipping Co. Ltd.
OR • One count of violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships
• One count of knowingly making false statements to the U.S. Coast Guard
Water Guilty Plea
Sentencing
Case Summary
10/31 Mike LeBleu
{Pelican Refinery}
LA • Negligent endangerment Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
10/28 Michael Jochem
David Rudolph
John Rudolph
IN • Illegal use of an acutely toxic pesticide Pesticides Guilty Plea
Conviction
Case Summary
10/26 Thomas Demorest ID • Knowingly violating a regulation pertaining to a threatened species of fish, a misdemeanor Endangered Species Guilty Plea
Sentencing
Case Summary
10/21 City of Pineville LA • Illegal discharge from a pumping station Water Guilty Plea Case Summary
10/17 Lawrence Parawan TN • Misuse of a pesticide
• Unlawful killing of a migratory bird
Pesticides Guilty Plea Case Summary
10/13 Stolthaven New Orleans, LLC LA • One misdemeanor violation of the Clean Water Act Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
10/12 Pelican Refining Company LA • Felony violations of the Clean Air Act
• Obstruction of justice for submitting materially false deviation reports to LDEQ
Air Guilty Plea

Case Summary

EPA Press Release

Pelican Exhibits

10/11 Bugman Pest and Lawn, Inc.
Coleman Nocks
UT • A misdemeanor count of unlawful use of a registered pesticide Pesticide Guilty Plea

Case Summary

Video - Family tells story in their own words

10/11 Integrated Production Services, LLC, (IPS) OK • Negligent violation Water Guilty Plea E.D. OK Press Release
10/05 Anthony Crompton MO • Improperly removing and disposing of asbestos-containing materials Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
10/05 Cory Ledeal King ID • Injecting "fluids" into deep wells without a permit Water Appeal Upheld Case Summary
10/05 Franklin A. ("Al") Bieri IL • Failed to properly dispose of hazardous asbestos waste Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
09/28 Brian Smith NC • Unlawful storage and disposal of a hazardous waste Waste Guilty Plea Case Summary
09/27 Donald Clark TN • Twelve counts of making false documents in connection with the operation of the City of Niota, Tennessee's sewage treatment plant False Statements Guilty Plea Case Summary
09/21 Keith Gordon-Smith
Gordon Smith
NY • Knowingly violating the Clean Air Act
• Making false statements to a federal inspector
Air Sentencing

Case Summary

EPA Press Release

09/21 William Joseph McCown NV • One count of violating the Clean Air Act by falsifying emissions testing results Air Sentencing D. NV Press Release
09/15 John Ashley Mabus SC • Negligent violation Water Sentencing Case Summary
09/13 Albania Deleon
Former EPA Fugitive
MA • Making false statements about matters within the jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
• Procuring false payroll tax returns
• Mail fraud.
Air Sentencing

Case Summary

EPA Press Release

09/07 John A. Anderson OH • Making false statements to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Water Sentencing Case Summary
09/01 Kie-Con, Inc. CA • Discharged or caused others to discharge concrete process water directly into the San Joaquin River in violation of its Clean Water Act permit. Water Sentencing Case Summary
09/01 Josimar Ferreira MA • Sixteen counts of violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act
• One count of making false statements
Pesticides Conviction Case Summary
08/24 T. P. Construction MT • Negligent disposal of sewage Waste Guilty Plea
Sentencing
Case Summary
08/24 John Bavaret LA • A felony violation of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act
• A misdemeanor violation of the Clean Water Act
Water Sentencing Case Summary
08/23 A. David Sugar OH • One count of conspiracy to violate the asbestos requirements Air Sentencing Case Summary
08/22 Geraldine Betz
Stephen Ponder
OR • Unlawful discharge or deposit of any kind of refuse matter into any navigable water, or tributary of any navigable water of the United States, without a permit Water Guilty Plea
Sentencing
Case Summary
08/17 Peter Martin Kuhn
Added to EPA Fugitive website
CA • Alleged illegal dispose of mining wastes Waste Fugitive EPA Press Release
08/03 Mike Vierstra ID • Negligent discharge of a pollutant into waters of the United States without a permit Water Sentencing Case Summary
07/29 Brendan Clery FL • Illegally smuggled restricted HCFC - 22 Air Sentencing

Case Summary

EPA Press Release

07/28 Stanships Inc. (Marshall Islands)
Stanships Inc. (New York)
Standard Shipping Inc.
Calmore Maritime Ltd.
LA • 32 felony counts including:
• Sludge and oily waste from the vessel's engines deliberately pumped overboard
• Unreported leak between a ballast and fuel tank that led to overboard discharges of oil contaminated waste
• Metal bypass pipe used to dump oily waste overboard was hidden from view when the ship was in port
• False Oil Record Book
Water Sentencing Case Summary
07/20 Gabriel Henson OK • negligent violation Water Guilty Plea E.D. OK Press Release
07/19 Cephus Murrell MD three misdemeanor counts:
• improper lead paint abatement at rental properties
• failure to disclose to tenants the presence of documented lead-based paint hazards
Lead based paint Guilty Plea Case Summary
07/14 Stephen Craig Dickinson
Alexander Christian Edwards
Jin Sung Chang Thanh
Long Quoc Nguyen
Chuck Yee Cheung
NC • One count of violating the Clean Air Act
• Chang - Making three materially false statements in the course of the investigation
Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
07/07 Freedman Farms
William B. Freedman
NC • Illegal discharge of hog waste into Browder's Branch, a tributary to the Waccamaw River that flows through the White Marsh, a large wetlands complex Water Guilty Plea Case Summary
07/06 Byron Hamilton LA • Negligent endangerment Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
06/22 Bobby Joe Knapp IA • One count of conspiracy to violate the Clean Air Act
• One count of failing to remove all regulated material containing asbestos from the Equitable Building before beginning the renovation project
Air Sentencing Case Summary
06/22 Dhiren Patel CA • Introducing a Pollutant into the Sewer System Water Sentencing Case Summary
06/16 Dimitrios Grifakis MD • Obstructing a Coast Guard inspection Water Sentencing Case Summary
06/15 Darigold, Inc. WA • Discharge of an ammonia solution from the company's dairy processing plant at Issaquah, Washington into the East Fork of Issaquah Creek Water Guilty Plea Case Summary
06/14 Robert Fromdahl MT • Transporting hazardous waste to an unpermitted facility and storing hazardous waste without a permit Waste Guilty Plea Case Summary
06/09 John A. Anderson OH • One count of making false statements to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency related to the operation of the sewage treatment plant that services Pomeroy Water Guilty Plea Case Summary
06/09 Jeffrey Pruett LA • Six felony violations of failure to maintain and provide records
• One felony count of effluent violations
• One misdemeanor negligent count of failure provide proper operation and maintenance
Water Conviction

Case Summary

EPA Press Release

06/06 Charles Yi
John Bostick
CA • Conspiring to violate the Clean Air Act's asbestos work practice standards Air Sentencing Case Summary
06/06 Thomas J. Stricker
Gregory T. Stricker
Stricker Refinishing Company, Inc.
OH • Illegally discharge of industrial wastewater into the City of Cleveland sewer system Water Sentencing Case Summary
06/03 Oak Mill, Inc.
Robert Arundale
MO • Illegal discharge of pollutants into the city's wastewater treatment system Water Sentencing Case Summary
05/16 Jerry R. Askew, Sr.
Marine Environmental Services, Inc., (MES)
VA • Knowingly discharging pollutants into water of the United States Water Guilty Plea E.D. VA Press Release
05/04 James Hinton GA • Fraudulently issuing emissions certificates to cars that would have failed the emissions inspection required by law Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
05/04 Dimitrios Grifakis MD • Obstructing a Coast Guard inspection Water Guilty Plea Case Summary
04/26 Brendan Clery FL • Knowingly importing approximately 278,256 kilograms of illegal hydrochlorofluorocarbon - 22 (HCFC-22) Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
04/25 Wajdi Waked NV • Falsifying emissions test records Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
04/21 A. David Sugar
Honey Creek Contracting Company
OH • One count Conspiracy
• Four counts violating the Clean Air Act rules related to the proper removal and handling of asbestos
Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
04/13 Terry Carver LA • Creating a hazardous condition on board the M/V Mel Oliver in violation of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act Water Sentencing Case Summary
04/12 Stanships Inc. (Marshall Islands)
Stanships Inc. (New York)
Standard Shipping Inc.
Calmore Maritime Ltd.
LA • Concealing deliberate pollution in "magic pipe" case
• Repeat offender banned after being netted violating probation
Water Guilty Plea Case Summary
04/11 Lieze Associates, dba Eagle Recycling of New Jersey, NY • One criminal felony count for conspiring to violate the Clean Water Act's prohibition on filling wetlands
• Committing wire fraud to conduct that filling
Water Guilty Plea Case Summary
04/06 Edward Wyman CA • Illegally storing toxic and explosive hazardous wastes in the backyard, materials that posed in imminent danger to nearby residents Waste Conviction Case Summary
04/04 Joe Biggio
Mike Milem
Mark Snow
{Ecological Systems, Inc. (ESI) officials}
IN • Intentional discharges of untreated wastewater and storm water from its facility directly into the Indianapolis sewer system Water Sentencing

Case Summary

EPA Press Release

03/31 Koo's Shipping Company S.A. DC • Making false statements, knowingly failing to fully
• Accurately maintain an oil record book as required by international treaty and U.S. law
• Knowingly discharging oily bilge waste into Pago Pago Harbor, American Samoa, without using proper pollution prevention equipment
Water Conviction
Sentencing
Case Summary
03/29 Charles Yi CA • Five environmental charges related to the improper renovation of a San Fernando Valley, Calif., apartment complex - work that caused asbestos to be released into the complex and the surrounding community Air Conviction Case Summary
03/25 Chemical and Metal Industries, Inc. LA • Negligently causing the release of hazardous air pollutants and thereby negligently placing another person in imminent danger of death, in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 7413(c)(4) (federal Clean Air Act). Air Sentencing Case Summary
03/24 Mike Vierstra ID • Negligent discharge of wastewater from a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) into a federally protected waterway Water Conviction Case Summary
03/21 David Overdorf TX • Disposing of hazardous wastes without a permit Waste Guilty Plea E.D. TX Press Release
03/18 Bob Knapp IA • One count of conspiracy to violate the Clean Air Act
• One count of failing to remove all regulated asbestos containing material from the Equitable Building before commencement of the renovation project
Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
03/17 Gene Riddle IA • Negligently discharged hazardous waste into the water Water Sentencing Case Summary
03/16 Dhiren Patel CA • One felony charge of violating the Clean Water Act, specifically, introducing a pollutant into the sewer system Water Guilty Plea Case Summary
03/11 Honeywell International, Inc. IL • One felony offense for knowingly storing hazardous waste without a permit in violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Waste Guilty Plea
Sentencing

Case Summary

EPA Press Release

03/09 Arthur Aliment
Unisea
AK • Failing to report the release of a hazardous substance Water Sentencing Case Summary
03/08 Peter Ward NY • Violating the conditions of supervised release imposed following 2006 conviction for asbestos-related violations of the Clean Air Act Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
03/03 Joseph DeMatteo
Formerly listed on EPA's Fugitive list
NV • Falsifying emissions test records Air Sentencing

Case Summary

EPA Press Release

03/02 Scott Allen Beckmann MO • Misprision of a felony
• Making a false statement to a federal agent
Water Conviction Case Summary
03/01 Daniel Black
Blackstone Business Enterprises, Inc.
NY • Failure to conduct an inspection before commencement of asbestos removal
• Filing a false tax return
Air Sentencing Case Summary
03/01 John Buerman RI • Internet sales of unregistered, unlabeled pesticides for cats and dogs while infringing on the trademark of two well known national brand names, "Frontline" and "Frontline Plus" Pesticides Sentencing Case Summary
02/23 John Bostick CA • Conspiracy to violate the Clean Air Act's asbestos work practice standards during the renovation of a 204-unit apartment building in Winnetka, California Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
02/23 Cardiff Marine, Inc. MD • Falsifying records of illegal discharges of oily waste from the M/V Capitola
• Making false statements to the Coast Guard
• Other acts of concealment
Water Sentencing Case Summary
02/17 Sidney Hebert
Environmental Compliance Solutions, LLC
LA • Negligent operation of a water treatment facility in violation of the Clean Water Act (CWA) Water Sentencing Case Summary
02/15 Russell Coco IA • Conspiracy to violate the Clean Air Act
• Violating the Clean Air Act's work practice standards related to asbestos removal
Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
02/11 Harp, USA, Inc. FL • False statements made in entry documents for the importation of ozone depleting refrigerant gas, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 542 Air Sentencing Case Summary
02/09 Yini De La Torres KS • One count of conspiracy to tamper with a consumer product Conspiracy Sentencing Case Summary
02/09 James R. Soyars CO • Two felony counts of failure to deposit asbestos-containing waste material as soon as practical at a regulated waste disposal or conversion site Air Sentencing Case Summary
02/08 Donald M. Patterson MI • Wire Fraud Lead based paint Sentencing Case Summary
02/02 Daniel Arnot
Cory Beard
Justin Joyner
GA • Conspiring to release ozone-depleting substances into the environment Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
01/28 Stephen J. Spencer
Guy Gannaway
Keith McConnell
FL • Conspiracy to violate the Clean Air Act
• Various Clean Air Act charges related to the mishandling of asbestos
Air Conviction Case Summary
01/25 J. Jeffrey Pruett LA • Six felony violations of failure to maintain and provide records
• One felony count of effluent violations
• One misdemeanor negligent count of failure provide proper operation and maintenance
Water Conviction Case Summary
01/19 DRD Towing
Randall Dantin
LA • Creating hazardous conditions by:
(1) assigning employees without proper Coast Guard licenses to operate certain vessels thereby causing these vessels to operate in the navigable waters of the United States with manning levels below those determined by the Coast Guard to be necessary for safe navigation, and
(2) paying licensed captains to operate a vessel for 24 hour a day without a relief captain
Water Sentencing Case Summary
01/19 John Bavaret LA • A felony violation of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act
• A misdemeanor violation of the Clean Water Act
Water Guilty Plea Case Summary
01/19 Miami Air International, Inc. (MAII) FL • Illegal storage and disposal of hazardous oxygen generators and personal breathing equipment (PBEs) that had been removed from commercial aircraft operated by MAII Waste Guilty Plea
Sentencing
Case Summary
01/19 American Refrigeration Company, Inc. NH • One criminal count of causing the Suncook (N.H.) Wastewater Treatment Facility (SWTF) to violate its own environmental permit by discharging ammonia down a sewer drain, rendering the treatment plant inoperable and causing the treatment plant to discharge wastewater into the Merrimack River Water Guilty Plea Case Summary
01/18 G & K Services, Inc. IA • Negligently causing a discharge of wastewater from their Pleasant Hill, Iowa facility Water Sentencing Case Summary
01/10 Phillip Smith WA • Knowingly engaging in land clearing activities that included excavating wetlands and stream channels and redepositing or discharging the excavated materials into waters of the United States Water Sentencing Case Summary
01/07 Wolfgang "Tito" Roempke WA • Failing to properly remove asbestos - a felony violation of the Clean Air Act Air Sentencing Case Summary