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October 15, 2019

Nederland Shipping Company and Chartworld Shipping Company, the Liberia-incorporated owners and operators of a the cargo ship M/V NEDERLAND REEFER, have agreed to pay $1.8 million for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS).  During a Coast Guard inspection of the ship at a port in Delaware, inspectors found that chief engineer Vasileios Mazarakis was routinely tricking an oil content monitoring device into discharging oily water at sea before it could be processed by an Oily Water Separator (OWS), then falsifying the ship’s Oil Record Book (ORB).  Mazarakis eventually plead guilty to falsifying the ORB as well as obstructing the Coast Guard’s investigation.  The companies will be placed on a four-year probation period to ensure that company ships entering U.S. waters comply with applicable maritime laws.  The APPS has a whistleblower reward provisions that incentivizes the reporting of this sort of illegal activity. DOJ

September 30, 2019

Charles Jansky and his companies Somont Oil Company and Ferdig Oil Company will pay $137,500 to resolve alleged violations of the False Claims Act arising from the underpayment of royalties allegedly owing for the pumping of natural gas from federal leases in Montana held by Somont.  In reporting gas produced, Somont failed to disclose the relationship between Somont, Ferdig, and Jansky.  USAO MT

September 19, 2019

Following an earlier criminal plea, Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas Inc. and Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd have agreed to pay a $47 million civil penalty to resolve allegations that the company violated Title II of the Clean Air Act by marketing and selling heavy construction vehicles that did not comply with applicable emission standards.  Hyundai had stockpiled diesel engines that met outdated standards, including standards for nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM), then illegally imported the non-compliant equipment to the U.S.  The EPA opened an investigation into Hyundai after receiving a whistleblower tip in 2015.  DOJ

September 12, 2019

Performance Diesel Inc. will pay a civil penalty of $1.1 million and terminate its sale of aftermarket products meant to defeat the emissions control systems of heavy-duty diesel engines.  The settlement with DOJ and the EPA resolves allegations that the company violated the Clean Air Act in manufacturing, selling, and installing illegal defeat devices. DOJ

August 15, 2019

ManTech Advanced Systems International, Inc., a subcontractor on a project with the Environmental Protection Agency, will pay $750,000 to resolve allegations that a project manager required to have top secret clearance had his clearance revoked during the term of the contract.  In addition, when the contract was extended, ManTech again represented that the project manager had top secret clearance.  Despite the revoked clearance, ManTech billed the EPA over $325,000 for the individual's services.  USAO ED VA.

June 3, 2019

Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. and its parent company Carnival Cruise Lines & plc will pay a $20 million criminal penalty for violating its probation resulting from a 2017 criminal proceeding in which the companies paid a $40 million penalty.  The companies were subject to ongoing compliance monitoring as a result of the earlier proceeding, and that monitoring detected numerous ongoing violations.  Defendants admitted to failing to implement an effective compliance program, seeking to evade their compliance obligations, falsifying records, and illegally discharging waste.  DOJ

Catch of the Week — Bosch Fined $100 Million Over Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Scandal

Posted  05/23/19
Volkswagen Car Logo with Splatters of Dirt
German prosecutors fined Bosch $100 million for its role in the 2015 Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal. The fine was imposed for negligent violation of supervisory obligations resulting from the use of Bosch software to mask illegal pollution levels in diesel-engine vehicles. Bosch, the world’s largest automotive supplier, developed the engine management control software used to provide emissions testers with...

May 7, 2019

The owners of a Colorado biomass power plant agreed to pay $2.6 million to settle allegations concerning fraud impacting the U.S. Treasury’s “1603 Program,” which reimburses companies up to 30%, in lieu of tax credits, for placing renewable energy properties into service. The company at the center of the fraud, Eagle Valley Clean Energy, allegedly applied for and received a 30% advance on a fee it was to pay co-defendant Evergreen Clean Energy, LLC for unspecified development services. Eagle Valley wrote off the fee but failed to return the advance to the U.S. Treasury. As part of the settlement, Eagle Valley paid $2.4 million, and the two owners of Eagle Valley, Evergreen, and parent company Evergreen Clean Energy CorporationDean Rostrom and Kendric Wait—paid $125,000 each. USAO CO

May 1, 2019

A Pennsylvania man has been convicted of defrauding the EPA and IRS of $50 million over the course of five years.  Together with his co-defendant, Ralph Tomasso, David Dunham Jr. used their companies to illegally profit from the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program by fraudulently applying for, receiving, and selling credits to renewable biofuels that they didn’t actually sell or never actually possessed. Now, the government is seeking forfeiture of $1.7 million in fraudulently obtained revenue.  DOJ

May 1, 2019

B. Charles Rogers Gas Ltd., a gas marketing company operating in New Mexico, together with its principals and an associated individual, have entered into a settlement agreement with the U.S. admitting that they made and used false records that under-reported the volume and value of natural gas they purchased from producers who had federal gas leases. This fraudulent conduct caused the producers to underpay royalties owed to the U.S. for gas extracted from those leases.  Defendants will pay $4.375 million.  DOJ
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