Enforcement

Criminal Press Releases - 2013

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This is a list of 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 Lamont P. Pryor OH • Violating the (NESHAP) provisions of the Clean Air Act Waste Guilty Plea S.D. Oh. Press Release
12/18 Jason Hudnall
John Wesley Tucker
W. Va. • Conspiracy to steal anhydrous ammonia • Negligent release of anhydrous ammonia into the air • Conspiracy to steal anhydrous ammonia to be used to manufacture methamphetamine Waste Guilty Plea S.D. W.Va. Press Release
12/16 John J. Mayer OH • Illegal removal and disposal of asbestos-containing material Air Guilty Plea N.D. OH. Press Release
12/13 Tap Root Dairy, LLC
William “Billy” Franklin Johnston
NC • Violation of the Clean Water Act • Discharging of cow feces into the French Broad River Water Guilty Plea W.D. NC Press Release
12/12 Roger J. Dies LA • Violating the Clean Water Act • Scheming to falsify and conceal material facts • Obstruction through the creation of false documents • witness tampering • Obstruction of justice • Making false statements to a federal criminal investigator • Forfeiture allegation Water Indictment M.D. LA Press Release
12/12 Michael Moshe Shimshoni FL • Failing to provide approved Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) lead paint warning notices and brochures to his tenants
• Alteration or Falsification of records in a federal investigation
Waste Indictment M.D. FL Press Release
12/09 Julio Cesar Villanueva Cornejo (Villanueva)
Juan Carlos Perez-Gonzales (Perez)
CA • Possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes
• Possessing an illegal rodenticide
• Fosfuro de Zinc, and possessing an illegal insecticide and QúFuran
• In violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
• Manufacturing and aiding and abetting the manufacture of 1,313 marijuana plants
Waste Guilty Plea E.D. CA Press Release
12/06 Marietta Industrial Enterprises, Inc.
William Scott Elliott
OH • A felony charge of failing to report violations of the company’s permit
• A misdemeanor charge of being an accessory
Air Guilty Plea S.D. OH Press Release
12/05 Unilever Home and Personal Care USA CT • Illegal discharge of industrial wastewater Water Guilty Plea D. CT Press Release
11/22 Jover Naranjo
Luperio Naranjo, Sr.
NY • Mail fraud
• Conspiracy to commit mail fraud
• Witness tampering
• Conspiracy to commit witness tampering
• Aggravated identity theft
• One count of making false statements
Title 18 Conviction S.D. NY Press Release
11/22 Jerome Clarence Barnes, Jr.
Jared F. Walker
GA • Fraudulently issued emissions certificates Air Sentencing N.D. GA Press Release
11/19 Khalil Mahmoud Saad MI • Illegal removal of asbestos Air Sentencing E.D. MI Press Release
11/19 Gene Cornell Smith PA • Knowingly removed asbestos-containing materials illegally Air Sentencing E.D. PA Press Release
11/13 Brad Foote Gear Works, Inc. IL • Illegal discharge of industrial wastewater into the public sewer system Water Guilty Plea N.D. IL Press Release
11/12 Edward Palmer NY • Illegal removal and disposal of asbestos Air Sentencing N.D. NY Press Release
11/01 Slade E. Barnett, Jr. UT • Introducing a pollutant into a sewer system that he knew would cause property damage. Water Guilty Plea D. UT Press Release
10/28 Matthew Lawrence Bowman TX • Violating the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act)
• Making a false statement
OSHA Sentencing DOJ Press Release
10/24 Michael J. Vaughn LA • Making false statements
• Conspiracy
Water
Title 18
Sentencing M.D. LA Press Release
10/22 Billy J. Avery VA • Violating the asbestos National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollution (NESHAP) Air Guilty Plea E.D. VA Press Release
10/15 Charles M. Oberly OH • One count of illegal storage of hazardous waste without a permit Waste Guilty Plea D. DE Press Release
09/25 Jose Manuel Cabrera WV • Conducting false vehicle emission inspections Air Sentencing Case Summary
09/19 Martin S. Kimber NY • Using a toxic chemical, mercury, as a weapon (counts one and two)
• Tampering with consumer products (count three)
Waste Sentencing Case Summary
09/19 Halliburton Energy Services Inc. (Halliburton) LA • Destruction of evidence Water Guilty Plea
Sentencing
DOJ Press Release
09/11 Maracle Industrial Finishing
Jon Maltese
NY • Violating a Zero Discharge Permit by repeatedly discharging process wastewater into the sewer system Water Sentencing Case Summary
09/10 Thomas Villirillo
Jaime Grimsley
MO • Conspiracy to commit mail fraud Title 18 Sentencing W.D. MO Press Release
09/06 Jerome Clarence Barnes, Jr.
Jared F. Walker
GA • Issuing fraudulent emissions certificates Air Guilty Plea N.D. GA Press Release
08/29 Jonathan Deck NJ • Conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with the illegal dumping of thousands of tons of asbestos-contaminated construction debris Air Sentencing Case Summary
08/29 Michael L. Guesman OH • Illegally discharging brine and oil-based drilling mud into a stormwater drain Water Guilty Plea N.D. OH Press Release
08/29 Kennedy Mint, Inc.
Teresina Montorsi
OH • Illegal dumping of a drum of liquid cyanide into a storm drain
• Obstruction of justice
Water Sentencing Case Summary
08/27 Tennie White MS • Two false statement counts
• One count of obstructing proceedings
Title 18 Sentencing Case Summary
08/14 Southwest Rice Mill Inc.
Frederick Marque De La Houssaye
LA • Negligently discharged waste oil into navigable waters Water Guilty Plea
Sentencing
Case Summary
08/14 Bradley Eberhart
Douglas Greiner
ID • Violating the asbestos work practice standards of the Clean Air Act Air Sentencing Case Summary
08/08 Lamont P. Pryor OH • Three counts of violating the asbestos removal provisions of the Clean Air Act Air Guilty Plea S.D. OH Press Release
08/08 Jassim Juburi NC • One count of conspiracy to violate the Clean Air Act by conducting false vehicle emissions inspections Air Sentencing Case Summary
08/08 Diana Shipping Services S.A.
Ioannis Prokakis
Antonios Boumpoutelos
VA • Conspiracy
• Knowing failure to fully maintain an oil record book
• Falsification of records and concealing tangible objects in a federal investigation
• Obstruction of Justice
Water Conviction DOJ Press Release
08/07 William “Bill” Lafon Musgrove TX • Negligently releasing an extremely hazardous substance
• Placing another person in danger of imminent death or serious bodily injury
Waste Guilty Plea E.D. TX Press Release
08/02 Donald Torriero
Julius DeSimone
NY • Conspiring to violate the Clean Water Act and the Superfund statute
• Wire fraud
• Defrauding the United States
• Making False Statements
Water Sentencing Case Summary
07/25 Halliburton Energy Services Inc. LA • One count of destruction of evidence Water Guilty Plea DOJ Press Release
07/23 Executive Recycling, Inc.
Brandon Richter
Tor Olson
CO • Mail fraud
• Wire fraud
• Illegal disposal of electronic waste
• Smuggling
• Obstruction of justice
Waste Sentencing Case Summary
07/23 Martin Glaves Kuna OR • One count of wire fraud Waste Sentencing Case Summary
07/17 Brian Raphael D’Isernia
Lagoon Landing, LLC
&FL • Illegal dredging and felony wetlands violations {Rivers and Harbors Act} Water Sentencing Case Summary
07/15 Benjamin Franklin Pass
P&W Waste Oil Services Inc.
NC • Unlawfully transporting, storing and disposing of used oil contaminated with PCBs
• Making false statements
• Failing to pay several years of taxes
Waste Guilty Plea DOJ Press Release
06/27 Roy E. Madden LA • Counterfieting and Forgery Water Sentencing Case Summary
06/19 Cross Nicastro
Dominick Mazza
Mazza & Sons Inc.
NY • Illegally dumping thousands of asbestos-contaminated construction debris Water Sentencing Case Summary
06/13 Brent Roland Feickert MN • One count of making false statements Water Guilty Plea D. MN Press Release
06/07 Jonathan Isaac Shokrian
Califco, LLC
TX • One count of failure to notify under the Clean Air Act, related to an asbestos removal project Air Guilty Plea N.D. TX Press Release
06/05 Edward Palmer NY • Felony violation of the Clean Air Act Air Guilty Plea N.D. NY Press Release
06/04 Omega Protein, Incorporated VA • Two violations of the Clean Water Act Water Sentencing Case Summary
05/29 Michael J. Vaughn LA • Conspiracy
• Making False Statements
• Forfeiture
Title 18 Guilty Plea M.D. LA Press Release
05/28 Wal-Mart CA • Six counts of violating the Clean Water Act by illegally handling and disposing of hazardous materials
• Violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) by failing to properly handle pesticides
Water
Pesticides
Waste
Guilty Plea
Sentencing
Case Summary
EPA Press Release
DOJ Press Release
05/23 Tennie White MS • Two felony false statements counts
• One felony count of obstructing proceedings
Title 18 Conviction Case Summary
05/17 Connie M. Knight LA • Three felony criminal charges and one misdemeanor criminal charge for creating false identification documents and impersonating a federal official Title 18 - Fraud Sentencing Case Summary
05/17 Henry Papuga MA • Six Counts of Tampering with Environmental Monitoring Device or Method
• Two Counts of Making False Statements
Water Sentencing Case Summary
05/15 Hancock County Land, LLC LA • Knowingly ditched, drained and filled wetlands at multiple locations on the Hancock County property without having obtained a permit Water Guilty Plea
Sentencing
Case Summary
05/09 Franklin A. (“Al”) Bieri IL • Violating the Clean Air Act Air Sentencing Case Summary
05/09 Matthew Lawrence Bowman TX • Violating the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act)
• Making a false statement
Waste Guilty Plea E.D. TX Press Release
04/29 Theresa Neubauer IL • Eleven counts of making false statements Water Conviction N.D. IL Press Release
04/22 Edward K. Durst VA • One count of knowingly disposing of and causing the disposal of, regulated asbestos-containing materials Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
04/18 Newell (a.k.a., “Nick”) Smith
Armida Di Santi
Milto Di Santi
TN • One criminal felony count for conspiring to violate the Clean Air Act’s “work practice standards” salient to the proper wetting, stripping, bagging, and disposal of asbestos Air Guilty Plea DOJ Press Release
04/17 Alexander Morrissette
Randall Scott Wimpey
GA • Two counts of knowingly releasing ozone-depleting substances into the environment Air Sentencing Case Summary
04/16 Carr William Brown LA • Illegal discharges of pollutants into state waters Water Guilty Plea
Sentencing
Case Summary
04/10 Harvey Bryant Pridgen NC • Unauthorized fill of wetlands Water Sentencing Case Summary
04/08 DPL Enterprises Inc. (dba Air Care Indoor Quality Specialists)
Richard Papaleo
Michael Stanovich
NV • One felony count of making a materially false statement
• Two misdemeanor counts of misbranding of a pesticide
Pesticides Sentencing Case Summary
04/04 Larry McKissick II MA • Negligently discharging a harmful quantity of oil into or upon the navigable waters of the United States Water Sentencing Case Summary
03/29 Jeffrey David Gunselman TX • Four counts of making false statements in violation of the Clean Air Act
• Fifty one counts of wire fraud
• Twenty four counts of money laundering
Air Sentencing Case Summary
EPA Press Release
03/28 Tonawanda Coke Corporation
Mark L. Kamholz
NY • Eleven counts of violating the Clean Air Act
• One count of obstruction of justice
• Three counts of violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
Air Conviction W.D. NY Press Release
03/25 Mark Jeffrey Glover
Discount Computers, Inc. (DCI)
MI • Storing and disposing of hazardous waste without a permit
• Trafficking in counterfeit goods and services
Waste Sentencing Case Summary
EPA Press Release
03/22 Hurley Enterprises, Inc.
Mon–Dak Water & Septic Services, LLC
ND • Illegal disposal of domestic sewage, a felony violation of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) Water Guilty Plea
Sentencing
Case Summary
03/18 Bret A. Simpson WA • Failure to report a discharge of oil
• Unlawfully discharging oil into the Columbia River
Water Sentencing Case Summary
03/13 David Ector MD • Discharging fill material into the Chesapeake Bay without a permit Water Guilty Plea
Sentencing
Case Summary
03/13 Norman Teltow CO • Illegally treating hazardous waste Waste Guilty Plea D. CO Press Release
03/05 FSD Group FL • Knowingly receiving, buying, selling and facilitating the transportation, concealment, and sale of approximately 65,592 kilograms of the ozone-depleting substance hydrochlorofluorocarbon-22 (“HCFC-22") which had been illegally smuggled into the United States contrary to the Clean Air Act Air Guilty Plea
Sentencing
S.D. FL Press Release
02/26 House of Raeford, Inc. NC • Knowingly violating the Clean Water Act Water Sentencing Case Summary
02/26 Douglas Greiner
Bradley David Eberhart
ID • Violates work practice standards of the Clean Air Act Air Guilty Plea Case Summary
02/22 Rodney R. Hailey MD • Eight counts of wire fraud
• Thirty-two counts of money laundering
• Two counts of violating the Clean Air Act
Air Sentencing Case Summary
EPA Press Release
02/20 Angel Dario Rodriguez Nunez NC • Conspiring to violate the Clean Air Act
• Making a material false statement, representation, or certification
Air Sentencing Case Summary
02/14 Transocean Deepwater Inc. LA • Violation of the Clean Water Act (CWA) for its illegal conduct Water Guilty Plea
Sentencing
Case Summary
02/12 Robert D. Armstrong OH • Violating the Clean Water Act by causing wastewater from oil and gas wells to flow into a tributary of the Little Muskingum River Water Guilty Plea S.D. OH Press Release
02/08 Martin Glaves Kuna OR • Wire fraud {for falsely telling customers that he was certified to perform lead based paint inspections and testing in homes, where children resided, when in fact, he was not properly certified by state authorities} Waste Guilty Plea Case Summary
02/07 TIN, Inc., d/b/a/ Temple Inland LA • Negligently causing the discharge of a pollutant
• Negligent taking of fish from the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge
Water Guilty Plea Case Summary
01/29 BP Exploration and Production Inc. LA • Eleven counts of felony manslaughter
• One count of felony obstruction of Congress
• Violations of the Clean Water and Migratory Bird Treaty Acts
Water Sentencing Case Summary
01/24 Connie M. Knight LA • Three felony criminal charges and one misdemeanor criminal charge for creating false identification documents and impersonating a federal official Title 18 Guilty Plea Case Summary
01/22 Cenex Harvest States, Inc., (CHS Inc.)/Milk River Coop MT • Failure to report a release of a hazardous substance Waste Sentencing Case Summary
01/22 Bruce Raymond Morris MO • Making false statements in violation of the Clean Water Act Water Guilty Plea Case Summary
01/16 Michael Pinski IL • Illegally removed asbestos Air Sentencing Case Summary
01/15 Frank Zuspan WV • Dumping a pollutant into waters of the United States without a permit Water Sentencing D. WV Press Release
01/11 Vele Bozinoski NJ • Violating the Clean Air Act’s asbestos work practice standards
• Conspiring with others to commit that offense
Air Sentencing Case Summary
01/03 Transocean Deepwater, Inc. LA • Negligent in failing fully to investigate clear indications that the Macondo well was not secure and that oil and gas were flowing into the well Water Guilty Plea Case Summary