Mar 2 - $6 Million Recycling Fraud Case Revealed

Nancy Wride of the Los Angeles Times today reported on charges being filed against a California recycling firm for defrauding the state's Beverage Container Recycling Act:

The owner of Alameda Metal Recycling in Los Angeles and three workers have been charged with defrauding the state out of $6 million with illegally claimed recyclables, the California attorney general's office said Wednesday.

Arrest warrants charged plant owner D. Robert Schwartz and the employees with four felony counts of grand theft, recycling fraud and conspiracy in an alleged scheme in which "staggering amounts" of cans and bottles were either counted twice or were redeemed illegally because they were trucked in from outside of California, said attorney general spokeswoman Teresa Schilling.

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