Enforcement

Criminal Press Releases - 2012

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
             
12/21 Executive Recycling, Inc. CO • Mail and wire fraud
• Environmental crimes related to the illegal disposal of electronic waste
• Smuggling
• Obstruction
Waste Conviction Case Summary
12/21 Copper River Campus AK • Negligently endangering others when it released hazardous asbestos into the ambient air Air Guilty Plea
Sentencing
Case Summary
12/21 Ira Eisenstein NJ • Illegally performing lead inspections on residences without proper certification Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
12/14 Jeffrey David Gunselman TX • 51 counts of wire fraud
• 24 counts of money laundering
• 4 counts of making false statements
Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
12/11 Norberto Guada FL • Knowingly importing approximately 15,640 kilograms of illegal hydrochlorofluorocarbon-22 (HCFC-22) Air Sentencing Case Summary
12/05 John Tuma LA • Discharging untreated wastewater directly into the Red River without a permit
• Discharging untreated wastewater into the city of Shreveport sewer system in violation of its permit
• Obstructing an EPA inspection
Water Sentencing Case Summary
12/04 Henry Hawkins NY • Four charges of being an accessory after the fact to a false statement under the Clean Air Act Air Guilty Plea W.D. NY Press Release
12/03 Asgard Associates CA • A felony environmental crime because of its storage at the site of chemicals and biological agents that posed a threat of imminent and identifiable harm to the public health and safety Waste Sentencing Case Summary
12/03 DPL Enterprises, Inc.
Richard Papaleo
Michael Stanovich
NV • Making and selling a misbranded pesticide
• Intentionally making false statements to federal agents from the EPA Criminal Investigations Division
Pesticide Guilty Plea Case Summary
12/03 Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC WV • Three counts of unauthorized discharge into a water of the United States Water Sentencing Case Summary
11/29 Martin S. Kimber NY • Two counts of using a toxic chemical, mercury, as a weapon
• One Count of tampering with consumer products
Waste Guilty Plea Case Summary
11/29 Professional Mobile Cleaning, Inc., (PMC) PA • One count of violating The Refuse Act - failed to prevent discharge of and failure to reclaim wastewater effluent Water Sentencing W.D. PA Press Release
11/26 Ronald Eugene Kinard
Jack Bard Haney
NC • Conspiring to violate the Clean Air Act by conducting false vehicle emission inspections Air Sentencing Case Summary
11/15 BP Exploration and Production, Inc. (BP) LA • Clean Water and Migratory Bird Treaty Acts violations
• One Count Obstruction of Congress
• Eleven Counts of Felony Manslaughter
Water Guilty Plea Case Summary
11/14 James L. Christian
Smith Chrome Plating, Inc.
WA • One felony Clean Water Act offense -- Clean Water Act False Statements
• Misdemeanor counts - Clean Water Act offense -- Violation of a Requirement of a Pretreatment Program.
Water Sentencing Case Summary
11/08 Robert Edward Brown VT • Illegally storing waste oil, gasoline, antifreeze, and lead-acid car batteries Waste Sentencing Case Summary
11/05 Matthew Black Eagle MT • Illegally storing hazardous waste without a permit Waste Guilty Plea
Sentencing
Case Summary
11/05 Victor Mercado MI • Conspiracy Water Guilty Plea E.D. MI Press Release
11/02 Pemco Services, Inc. TX • Texas Water Code violations relating to the operation of an oil and gas waste landfarming site Water Guilty Plea
Sentencing
Case Summary
10/24 Linda Knox NC • Mail Fraud Water
Title 18
Sentencing Case Summary
10/19 Erick Alexander Chicas
Tanveer Anwar
NC • Conducting false vehicle emissions inspections Air Sentencing Case Summary
10/16 Dominick Mazza
Cross Nicastro
Mazza & Sons Inc.
NY • Conspiracy
• False Statements
• Failure to report the release of toxic materials
• Obstructing justice
Waste Conviction Case Summary
10/15 William M. Threatt MO • Improperly removing and disposing of asbestos-containing materials Air Sentencing Case Summary
10/11 Michael Terry MO • Mail Fraud Air
Title 18
Sentencing Case Summary
10/10 Bryan Stowe WA • Felony violation - knowingly violating a national pollution discharge elimination permit Water Sentencing Case Summary
10/05 Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC WV • Three counts of Unauthorized Discharge into a Water of the United States Water Guilty Plea Case Summary
10/04 John Tetreault MA • False representations in federally-required reports Water
Title 18
Sentencing Case Summary
10/03 Norberto Guada FL • One count of knowingly importing approximately 15,640 kilograms of illegal hydrochlorofluorocarbon-22 (HCFC-22) Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
10/01 David Wood
James Mathis
Donald Fillers
Watkins Street Project LLC
TN • Conspiracy
• Criminal violations of the Clean Air Act
• Obstruction of justice
Air Sentencing Case Summary
09/28 James Barber WA • Misdemeanor charge of violating the Clean Water Act Water Sentencing W.D. WA Press Release
09/24 Francis "Frank" Zuspan WV • Dumping a pollutant into waters of the United States without a permit Water Guilty Plea S.D. WV Press Release
09/12 Cheng Yan Huang NY • One count of distributing and selling the unregistered and unauthorized pesticides Pesticides Sentencing Case Summary
09/10 John C. Scheerer CT • One count of making and using a false document Air Sentencing Case Summary
09/07 Scott's Miracle-Gro OH • Eleven counts of illegally applying insecticides to its wild bird food products that are toxic to birds, falsifying pesticide registration documents, distributing pesticides with misleading and unapproved labels, and distributing unregistered pesticides Pesticides Sentencing

Case Summary

EPA Press Release

08/27 Arville “Buddy” Thomas AL • One felony count of illegally storing and disposing of hazardous waste Waste Sentencing Case Summary
08/20 House of Raeford Farms Inc. NC • Ten counts of knowing violations of the Clean Water Act Water Conviction Case Summary
08/17 William Duran Vizzerra Jr. AK • Illegally disposing of hazardous waste Waste Guilty Plea Case Summary
08/17 Thomas K. Tienda CO • Illegal asbestos removal Air Sentencing Case Summary
08/15 Prastana Taohim AL • Two Count of Obstruction of Justice Water Sentencing Case Summary
08/15 Giusseppe Bottiglieri Shipping Company, S.P.A.
Vito La Forgia
AL • Discharges of oily wastewater from ship directly into the sea. Water Sentencing Case Summary
08/15 Cedyco Corporation LA • Three counts of violating the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act) Water Sentencing Case Summary
08/10 Nghiem Van Tran
Nghi Cong Tran
Dahn Cong Tran
Ngan Tien Tran
Bich Dong Ngo
Huy Ngoc Nguyen
TX • One count of conspiracy to violate the Clean Air Act
• One count of making a Clean Air Act false statement
Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
08/08 Timothy Smither
Denise Smither
NC • Conspiracy to commit mail fraud
• Conspiracy to commit wire fraud
• Violate the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
Pesticides Sentencing Case Summary
08/03 William Morgan MI • Conspired to defraud the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
• Violate the Clean Air Act’s asbestos requirements
• Commit bribery
Air Sentencing

Case Summary

EPA Press Release

08/02 Mari Leigh Childs MS • One count of submitting false material statements
• One count of failing to establish and maintain records, make reports, and sample effluents as required by the Clean Water Act
Water Sentencing Case Summary
08/02 Jason Prejean LA • Negligently discharging hazardous waste into a publicly owned treatment works or sewer system Waste Guilty Plea Case Summary
07/26 Duane “Butch” O’Malley IL • Illegal removal, handling and disposal of asbestos Air Sentencing

Case Summary

EPA Press Release
07/24 Tammy Young OR • Making a false statement Water Guilty Plea
Sentencing
Case Summary
07/18 Asgard Associates, LLC CA • Unlawful storage of hazardous waste Waste Guilty Plea Case Summary
07/18 Team Industrial Services, Inc. TX • Negligently released hazardous pollutants into the ambient air
• Negligently placed others in danger of death or serious bodily injury
Air Guilty Plea Press Release N.D. TX
07/13 Ohio Valley Coal Company (OVCC)
David Bartsch
Donald Meadows
OH • Negligently failed to sample and monitor the flow of pollutants discharged from its holding pond Water Guilty Plea Case Summary
07/12 Steven Avery
Billy Avery
VA • Illegal discharge Water
Waste
Sentencing Case Summary
07/12 Bret Simpson WA • Failing to report a discharge of oil
• Unlawfully discharging oil into the Columbia River
Water Guilty Plea Case Summary
06/26 Carlos Garcia FL • Knowingly receiving, buying, selling and facilitating the transportation, concealment, and sale of the ozone–depleting substance hydrochlorofluorocarbon–22 (HCFC-22). Air Sentencing Case Summary
06/25 Rodney Hailey MD • 8 counts of wire fraud
• 32 counts of money laundering
• 2 counts of violating the Clean Air Act
Air Conviction Case Summary
06/21 Kent Phillips LA • Negligently discharging oil into Devil’s Creek Water Guilty Plea Case Summary
06/18 Boris A. Tomicic CT • One count of wire fraud Fraud - Title 18 Sentencing Case Summary
06/15 Ronald Monsen AK • Negligent violation of the Clean Water Act Water Sentencing Case Summary
06/07 Spectro Alloys Corporation (Spectro) MN • Two counts failure to disclose violations of limits placed on its emissions of hazardous air pollutants under the Clean Air Act Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
06/06 Cephus Murrell MD • Improper lead paint abatement
• Failure to disclose to tenants the presence of documented lead-based paint hazards
Waste Sentencing Case Summary
05/31 David Dober, Sr.
Robert H. Block, Jr.
OR • Violations of the Rivers and Harbors Act (RHA)
• The Endangered Species Act and
• The Clean Water Act (CWA)
Water Sentencing Case Summary
05/30 Target Ship Management Pte. Ltd.
Payongyut Vongvichinakul,
Pakpoom Hanprap
AL • Failure to properly maintain an oil record book
• Making material false statements
Water Sentencing {company}
Guilty Plea
Case Summary
05/25 Patrick Dooley WA • Illegal disposal of hazardous chemicals
• Witness Tampering
Water Sentencing Case Summary
05/23 Cedyco Corporation LA • Three misdemeanor counts of negligent discharge of harmful quantities of oil into navigable waters of the United States Water Guilty Plea Case Summary
05/21 Joe L. Parrish
Gregory A. Scott
DC • One count of solicitation and receipt of a bribe by a public official Asbestos Sentencing Case Summary
05/18 Prastana Taohim AL • One count of obstructing a Coast Guard inspection of a ship
• One count of obstruction of justice related to covering up the pollution by creating a false and fictitious garbage log
Obstruction Conviction Case Summary
05/17 Boston Building LLC. UT • Violation of NESHAP in handling asbestos during renovation project. Air Guilty Plea
Sentencing
Case Summary
05/14 Cheny Yan Huang NY • Distributing and selling unregistered and unauthorized pesticides Pesticides Guilty Plea Case Summary
05/04 John C. Scheerer CT • One count of making a false statement False Statement - Title 18 Guilty Plea Case Summary
05/04 Stewart Roth IN • Knowingly violates the CWA by discharging pollutants into a sump Water Guilty Plea Press Release N.D. IN
04/26 Integrated Products Services
Gabriel Henson
OK • Negligent violation Water Sentencing Press Release E.D. OK
04/13 Steven Avery
Billy J. Avery
Sea Solutions
VA • Spill of oil, oily water, and other pollutants into the Elizabeth River Water Guilty Plea Case Summary
04/12 Bryan Stowe
Stowe Construction
WA • Knowingly violated the Construction General Storm Water Permit Water Guilty Plea
Sentencing
Case Summary
04/09 Angel Dario Rodriguez NC • Conspiring to violate the Clean Air Act, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371
• Making a material false statement, representation, or certification
Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
03/29 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 Sentencing Case Summary
03/27 Ilios Shipping Company S.A. LA • Illegal discharges of oil waste by falsifying the vessel's oil record book
• Obstruction of Justice
Water Sentencing Case Summary
03/26 William Morgan MI • Conspiring to accept a $10,000 bribe
• Defraud the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
• Make a false statement in violation of the federal Clean Air Act.
Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
03/23 Belvan Corporation TX • One felony count of failure to notify or report Air Sentencing Case Summary
03/22 John Tuma
Cody Tuma
LA • Illegal discharge of untreated wastewater directly into the Red River without a permit
• Illegal discharge of untreated wastewater into the city of Shreveport sewer system in violation of its permit
• Obstructing an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) investigation
• Conspiracy
Water Conviction Case Summary
03/21 North American Green, Inc. IN • 150 counts of using a registered pesticide in violation of federal law Pesticides Guilty Plea Case Summary
03/13 Joe L. Parrish
Gregory A. Scott
DC • One count of solicitation and receipt of a bribe by a public official Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
03/02 Marc Vogel CA • Unlawful transportation of hazardous waste
• Unlawful disposal of hazardous waste
• Transportation of hazardous waste without a manifest
Waste Conviction Case Summary
02/17 Julius DeSimone NY • Conspiracy
• Making false statements
Water Guilty Plea Case Summary
02/17 Brian Waite
Daniel Clements
MI • Conspiracy to violate the Clean Air Act
• Knowingly violating the federal asbestos laws
Air Sentencing Case Summary
02/16 Horizon Lines CA • Two counts of making false statements based on their knowing failure to maintain an accurate Oil Record Book Water Sentencing Case Summary
02/15 Kenneth Horan NY • Illegally removed materials containing friable asbestos Air Sentencing Case Summary
02/13 Freedman Farms, Inc.
William Freedman
NC • Illegal discharge of hog waste into a stream that leads to the Waccamaw River Water Sentencing Case Summary
02/08 Oakmont Environmental, Inc. LA • Illegal discharge of oily wastewater Water Sentencing Case Summary
02/06 Clifford Randall Tracy OR • Unlawfully conducting mining operations Water Sentencing Case Summary
02/06 Donald Clark TN • 12 counts of making false documents Water Sentencing Case Summary
02/01 William Threatt
Anthony Crompton
MO • Improperly removing and disposing of asbestos-containing materials Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
01/30 David Wood
Donald Fillers
James Mathis
Watkins Street Project LLC
TN • Conspiracy
• Clean Air Act violations
• Obstruction-related offenses
Air Conviction Case Summary
01/27 Patrick Dooley WA • Three counts of Clean Water Act violations
• One count of witness tampering
Water Conviction Case Summary
01/25 Efploia Shipping
Aquarosa Shipping
MD Four felony counts:
• Obstruction of justice
• Making material false statements
• Knowingly failing to maintain an accurate oil record book
• Knowingly failing to maintain an accurate garbage record book
Water Sentence Case Summary
01/23 Hugh Barker KS • Failing to file notification of demolition Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
01/23 Daniel Parker FL • Dumping pollutants into the City of Ft. Lauderdale Sanitary Sewer Water Sentence Case Summary
01/11 Leonard Pugh NY • Violation of the Clean Air Act Air Sentence Case Summary
01/10 Jon Goodrich VT • Unlawfully stored hazardous waste at its Bennington facility without a permit Waste Guilty Plea Case Summary
01/10 Keoje Marine Co. Ltd.
Bong Seob Bag
First Assistant Engineer Dwintoro
HI Three felonies:
• Violating the Clean Water Act for the dumping of oily bilge waste into waters off of Hawaii
• Violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from ships for covering up the dumping of the oily waste by falsifying the vessel's oil record book,
• Obstruction of Justice
Water Guilty Plea Case Summary
01/09 John R. Wiehl Franklin Non-Ferrous Foundry, Inc. NH • Unlawfully storing hazardous waste Waste Guilty Plea

Case Summary

Press Release EPA

01/04 City of Pineville LA • Illegal discharge Water Sentencing Case Summary
             

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