11 arrested in California in multi-state recycling scheme
Added 01-27-20 09:03:02pm EST - “Authorities have arrested 11 suspects they say ran a multi-state recycling fraud operation that smuggled empty cans and bottles into California in a scheme that cost the state's recycling fund more than $2 million, state officials…” - Washingtontimes.com
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities have arrested 11 suspects they say ran a multi-state recycling fraud operation that smuggled empty cans and bottles into California in a scheme that cost the state’s recycling fund more than $2 million, state officials said Monday.
The suspects allegedly brought cans and bottles from Arizona and Nevada into Los Angeles-area recycling centers to illegally redeem deposits. It’s illegal because consumers in Nevada and Arizona do not pay the 5- or 10-cent California redemption value deposit, so those containers are not eligible for refunds.
The suspects were charged with felony recycling fraud, conspiracy and grand theft after a four-month investigation by the California Department of Justice and CalRecycle.
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Investigators found that the beverage containers were being kept in Los Angeles storage facilities before being fraudulently redeemed at 15 local recycling centers.
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