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Environmental Fraud

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July 24, 2018

Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced guilty pleas by Albany Environmental Consultants, LLC ("AEC"), its owner Ronda Dolan, and a project manager Brian McLaren for defrauding customers in NY by posing as a licensed asbestos testing company. AEC's license to test for asbestos had expired in 2014 but it used the name of another company to charge customers $40,000 overall for asbestos testing services just to have the work later redone by a licensed testing company. NY AG

July 6, 2018

North American Power Group Limited, along with its owner Michael Ruffatto, have agreed to pay $14.4 million as a result of allegations that they submitted false claims under an agreement with the DOE to carry out data collection and carbon sequestration projects at a Wyoming energy site.  Rather than seek reimbursement for work done, as they claimed, the defendants had submitted invoices reflecting personal expenses like travel, jewelry, and car payments.  Ruffatto was also sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in the scheme.  DOJ; USAO WDPA

June 5, 2018

Great Western Drilling Company agreed to pay $600,000 to settle allegations it violated the False Claims Act by underreporting and underpaying federal royalties due on natural gas extracted from New Mexico sites the company leased from the federal government. USAO DCO

June 7, 2018

A prime contractor joint venture between AECOM, Bechtel, and CH2M Hill, Washington Closure Hanford, LLC, performing environmental clean-up at the Department of Energy's Hanford Site, has agreed to pay $3.2 million to settle a case first brought by whistleblowers under the False Claims Act.  The case alleged that defendant awarded subcontracts reserved for small disadvantaged business to a company that purported to be eligible for such contracts but was in fact a pass-through front company for a larger entity.  The whistleblowers will receive $643,000 as a result of the settlement.  ED WA

May 24, 2018

Two Honolulu-based fishing companies, their managers, and vessel operators, agreed to pay collective penalties of more than $42,000 to settle claims related to the discharge of oily waste into ocean waters from two commercial fishing vessels; the companies and individuals also agreed to implement operational improvements and other compliance measures. USAO DHI

May 10, 2018

Japanese shipping company Nitta Kisen Kaisha Ltd. was convicted and sentenced for falsification of an Oil Record Book to cover-up intentional oil pollution from the Motor Vessel Atlantic Oasis. The company was ordered to pay a fine of $1 million. DOJ

May 7, 2018

Massachusetts-based Challenge Fisheries LLC and Quinn Fisheries Inc. agreed to pay $414,000 in civil penalties to resolve federal Clean Water Act claims stemming from oily bilge discharges in New Bedford Harbor, Massachusetts. DOJ

Massachusetts Fishing Company to Pay for Oil Pollution Discharges

Posted  05/8/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Massachusetts-based Challenge Fisheries and Quinn Fisheries agreed to pay $414,000 in civil penalties and perform fleet-wide improvements to resolve charges of violating the Clean Water Act stemming from fuel oil discharges in New Bedford Harbor and coastal waters off of southeastern New England. See DOJ Press Release. According to the government, the company was responsible...

April 2, 2018

$130,752 to settle allegations that two companies, Sanders Oil & Gas, LLC and Sanco Operating Company agreed to pay roughly $130,000 to settle claims it violated the False Claims Act by failing to pay money owed to the Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue for natural gas produced from a federal lease located in New Mexico. DOJ (CO)
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