Recycling Fraud Scheme Crushed
Recycling Fraud Scheme Crushed
Two Southern California men who were hoping to cash in on bottle deposits collected jail terms and restitution orders for more than $1M instead. Francisco Flores, 59, of Los Angeles and Guillermo Chavez, 62, of Anaheim, pleaded guilty to felony recycling fraud, and grand theft in connection with a recycling scheme they operated. The California Department of Justice’s Recycling Fraud Team investigated the pair and discovered that they ran a large operation that imported recyclable cans from other states into California for the purpose of collecting recycling deposits.

Agents raided two local storage facilities and recovered nearly 18 tons of aluminum and more than 4 tons of plastic that had been brought in to Southern California. The men would take the bottles and cans to recycling centers in order to collect money from the California Redemption Value Fund. Flores was sentenced to one year in jail, and was ordered to pay $800,000 in restitution. Chavez received a four-month jail term and was ordered to pay $225,000 in restitution.

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