October 10, 2020
The owners of Keystone Biofuels Inc.
, Ben Wootton
and Race Miner
, were sentenced to approximately 5.5 years
imprisonment each and they and Keystone were ordered to pay restitution and fines totaling $9.23 million
to the IRS and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection following their convictions at trial for charges relating to their renewable fuels scam. The defendants falsely claimed that they were able to produce biodiesel that permitted them to create renewable fuel credits known as RINs; then then sold both the non-qualifying fuel and the fraudulently-created RINs. In addition, Keystone claimed federal tax refunds under the IRS Biofuel Mixture Credit program, creating false books and records to conceal the non-qualifying, and in some cases non-existent, fuel. DOJ