Enforcement

EPA Fugitives

Defendants charged with environmental crimes or violations of the U.S. Federal Criminal Code sometimes flee the court's jurisdiction and/or the USA rather than face prosecution or to serve a sentence. When these circumstances occur, the defendants become fugitives from justice. The following wanted posters identify fugitives sought by the EPA's Criminal Investigation Division. Each one provides a brief case summary and instructions on how to report information related to their identity and/or current location. You may also report the information to your local police or if you are outside the United States, to the nearest U.S. Embassy.

photograph of fugitive Yousef Abuteir
photograph of fugitive Omran Alghazouli
photograph of fugitive Butch Bustamonte
photograph of fugitive Raul Chavez Beltran
photograph of fugitive Alessandro Giordano
photograph of fugitive Carlos Giordano
photograph of fugitive John Karayannides
Photograph of fugitive Peter Kuhn
photograph of fugitive Prem Kumar
photograph of fugitive Freik Pluimers
Photograph of fugitive Michael Psomadakis
photograph of fugitive Jimmy Szypulski
Do not attempt to apprehend any of these individuals.

Current Fugitives

To read each fugitive profile, click the image or scroll down the page.

photograph of fugitive Yousef Abuteir photograph of fugitive Omran Alghazouli photograph of fugitive Butch Bustamonte photograph of fugitive Raul Chavez Beltran photograph of fugitive Alessandro Giordano photograph of fugitive Carlos Giordano photograph of fugitive John Karayannides photograph of fugitive Peter Kuhn photograph of Fugitive Aage Lokkebraten photograph of fugitive Freik Pluimers photograph of fugitive Michael Psomadakis Fugitive Peter Solemdal Fugitive Knut Sorboe photograph of fuigitive Jimmy Szypulski

Status of Former EPA Fugitives

To read about a former fugitive's status, click the image.

2009

photograph of captured fugitive Larkin Bageet

Current Fugitive Profiles

photograph of fugitive Yousef Abuteir
Yousef Abuteir
  • Wanted Poster
  • Abuteir was charged in the State of Texas on multiple counts for the blending of motor fuel, engaging in motor fuel tax scheme and evading State of Texas motor fuel taxes. He was also indicted in the Southern District of Texas for conspiring to evade federal fuel excise taxes.
  • A plea agreement was reached on April 14, 2008, for his role in conspiring to evade federal fuel excise taxes.
  • In December 2008, Abuteir was found guilty by a jury in the State of Texas, but fled prior to being sentenced.
  • Abuteir failed to appear for several scheduled federal and state court hearings which resulted in the issuance of both state and federal arrest warrants.
  • Abuteir is known to carry a weapon at all times.
  • Abuteir currently is a fugitive. He was last seen in Houston, Texas, but could be in Mexico or Israel.
  • If sighted, contact the Criminal Investigation Division office in Dallas, Texas at: 1-214-665-6600 or submit the Report a  Fugitive's Location web form.

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photograph of fugitive Orman Alghazouli
Omran Alghazouli
  • Wanted Poster
  • Alghazouli was charged in the Southern District of California.
  • Alghazouli sold R-12 Freon, an ozone depleting substance, that had been illegally smuggled from Mexico.
  • Alleged violations include:
    • Conspiracy to Smuggle
    • Conspiracy to Launder Money
    • Money Laundering
  • Alghazouli currently is a fugitive believed to be living in Syria.
  • If sighted, contact the Criminal Investigation Division office in San Diego, California at: 1-619-557-2920 or submit the Report a Fugitive's Location web form.

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photograph of fugitive Butch Bustamonte
Butch R. Bustamonte
  • Wanted Poster
  • Bustamonte was charged in an Indictment in the Central District of California.
  • Alleged violations include:
    • Obstruction of Justice
  • Bustamonte ordered the crew of a ship to lie to the U. S. Coast Guard concerning the waste oil management system.
  • Bustamonte is believed to be in the Philippines.
  • If sighted, contact the Criminal Investigation Division office in Los Angeles, California at: 1-213-244-1900 or submit the Report a Fugitive's Location web form.

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photograph of fugitive Raul Chavez Beltran
Raul Chavez-Beltran
  • Wanted Poster
  • Chavez-Beltran was charged in the Western District of Texas - El Paso Division.
  • Alleged violations include:
    • Illegal transportation, storage and disposal of mercury contaminated soil
    • Conspiracy
    • Mail Fraud
  • Chavez-Beltran is the President of EnCon Environmental Services, Inc.
  • Chavez-Beltran has been a fugitive living and working in Mexico.
  • If sighted, contact the Criminal Investigation Division office in Dallas, Texas at: 1-214-665-6600 or submit the Report a Fugitive's Location web form.

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Photograph of EPA Fugitive Alessandro Giordano
Alessandro Giordano
  • Wanted Poster
  • Alessandro Giordano was charged in the Central District of California on multiple counts.
  • Alleged violations include:
    • Making False Statements
    • Conspiracy
    • Wire Fraud
  • Alessandro Giordano illegally imported automobiles that did not meet the United States emissions standards.
  • Alessandro Giordano fled the country. He is believed to be in Italy.
  • If sighted, contact the Criminal Investigation Division office in Los Angeles, California at: 1-213-244-1900 or submit the Report a Fugitive's Location web form.
  • News Release

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photograph of fugitive Carlos Giordano
Carlos Giordano
  • Wanted Poster
  • Carlos Giordano was charged in the Central District of California with multiple counts.
  • Alleged violations include:
    • Making False Statements
    • Conspiracy
    • Wire Fraud
  • Carlos Giordano illegally imported automobiles that did not meet the United States emissions standards.
  • Carlos Giordano fled the country. He is believed to be in Italy.
  • If sighted, contact the Criminal Investigation Division office in Los Angeles, California at: 1-213-244-1900 or submit the Report a Fugitive's Location web form.
  • News Release

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photograph of fugitive John Karayannides
John Karayannides
  • Wanted Poster
  • Karayannides was charged in the Southern District of Florida in a multiple count indictment.
  • Alleged violations include:
    • Illegal dumping of oil
    • Conspiracy
  • Karayannides was involved in the illegal discharge of tons of oil-contaminated grain from his ship, into the ocean.
  • Karayannides fled the country prior to indictment.
  • Karayannides is believed to be in the Athens, Greece area.
  • If sighted, contact the Criminal Investigation Division office in Kansas City, Kansas at: 1-913-551-7999 or submit the Report a Fugitive's Location web form.
  • News Release

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photograph of fugitive Peter Kuhn
Peter Kuhn
  • Wanted Poster
  • Peter Martin Kuhn was the president and Chief Executive Office of French Gulch (Nevada) Mining Corporation and Bullion River Gold Corporation.
  • Kuhn allegedly engaged in a conspiracy to illegally dispose of mining wastes containing hazardous concentrations of arsenic and lead by dumping those wastes onto the hillside and County Road surrounding the mine, which included public lands owned by the Bureau of Land Management, and on at least one occasion, into a nearby stream.
  • Kuhn was charged in the Eastern District of California with five counts.
  • Alleged violations include:
    • Conspiracy & Aiding and Abetting
    • Depredation Against United States Property
    • False Statements
    • Negligent Discharge of a Pollutant into a Water of the United States
  • On July 2, 2010 an arrest warrant was issued.
  • Kuhn is believed to be in the Vancouver, Canada area.
  • If sighted, contact the Criminal Investigation Division office in Sacramento, California at: 1-916-930-2280 or submit the Report a Fugitive's Location web form.
  • News Release

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Aage Lokkebraten was born on November 14, 1942. No photograph of fugitive Lokkebraten is available

LOKKEBRATEN

Aage Lokkebraten
  • Wanted Poster
  • As a ship's Chief Engineer, Lokkebraten was charged in a four count indictment in the Southern District of Florida.
  • Alleged violations include:
    • Aiding and Abetting false entries into an Oil Record Book
    • Conspiracy
    • Creating an official false document
  • Lokkebraten violated the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.
  • Lokkebraten fled the country prior to being indicted.
  • If sighted, contact the Criminal Investigation Division office in Miami, Florida at: 1-305-536-6700 or submit the Report a Fugitive's Location web form.

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photograph of fugitive Freik Pluimers
Frerik Pluimers
  • Wanted Poster
  • Pluimers, the former CEO and President of Western Hemisphere Operations for Saybolt International was charged in the District of New Jersey.
  • Alleged violations include:
    • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
    • Conspiracy
    • Travel Act violations
  • Pluimers conspired to bribe various Panamanian officials with funds from United States bank accounts, dealing with independent petrochemical laboratory testing.
  • Pluimers has been a fugitive since his indictment and is currently in the Netherlands.
  • If sighted, contact the Criminal Investigation Division office in New York City, New York at: 1-212-637-3610 or submit the Report a Fugitive's Location web form.
  • News Release

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photograph of fugitive Michael Psomadakis
Michael Evangelos Psomadakis
  • Wanted Poster
  • Psomadakis, the Chief Engineer on a Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) vessel, was charged in the Southern District of Florida.
  • Alleged violations include:
    • Tampering with a witness
  • Psomadakis directed other RCCL employees to make false statements to the company and to criminal investigators.
  • Psomadakis fled the jurisdiction of the United States prior to arrest. He is believed to be in Athens, Greece.
  • If sighted, contact the Criminal Investigation Division office in Miami, Florida at: 1-305-536-6700 or submit the Report a Fugitive's Location web form.

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Peter Solemdal is a male, born on March 30, 1946, stands 5 feet 11 inches tall, with blonde hair and blue eyes. He weighs 190 pounds. No photograph of fugitive Solemdal is available

SOLEMDAL

Peter Solemdal
  • Wanted Poster
  • As a ship's Chief Engineer, Solemdal was charged in a four count indictment in the Southern District of Florida.
  • Alleged violations include:
    • Aiding and Abetting false entries into an Oil Record Book
    • Conspiracy
    • Creating an official false document
  • Solemdal violated the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.
  • Solemdal fled the country prior to being indicted/arrested. Whereabouts are unknown.
  • If sighted, contact the Criminal Investigation Division office in Miami, Florida at: 1-305-536-6700 or submit the Report a Fugitive's Location web form.
  • News Release

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Knut Sorboe is a male, born on March 26, 1947, stands 5 feet 10 inches tall, with blonde hair and blue eyes. He weighs 225 pounds. No photograph of fugitive Sorboe is available

SORBOE

Kurt Sorboe
  • Wanted Poster
  • As a ship's Chief Engineer, Sorboe was charged in a four count indictment in the Southern District of Florida.
  • Alleged violations include:
    • Aiding and Abetting false entries into an Oil Record Book
    • Conspiracy
    • Creating an official false document
  • Sorboe violated the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.
  • Sorboe fled the country prior to being indicted/arrested. Whereabouts unknown.
  • If sighted, contact the Criminal Investigation Division office in Miami, Florida at: 1-305-536-6700 or submit the Report a Fugitive's Location web form.
  • News Release

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photograph of fugitive Jimmy Szypulski
Zidzislaw (Jimmy) Szypulski
  • Wanted Poster
  • Szypulski, an asbestos removal supervisor, was charged in the Southern District of New York, on a one-count indictment.
  • Alleged violations include:
    • Illegal asbestos removal
  • Szypulski failed to appear in court and fled.
  • Szypulski is believed to be in Warsaw, Poland.
  • If sighted, contact the Criminal Investigation Division office in New York City, New York at: 1-212-637-3610 or submit the Report a Fugitive's Location web form.

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