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US Chicago Electronics Recycler Intercon Solutions Arrested for Fraud by Federal Agents
Time: 2016-12-23 18:03:42     Author: Administrator

More than five years since first being exposed by Basel Action Network (BAN), Intercon Solutions CEO Brian Brundage was arrested and indicted yesterday for 4 counts of tax evasion and 6 counts of fraud. The government is seeking forfeiture of 10 million dollars and each count of income tax evasion is punishable by up to five years in prison. The wire fraud and mail fraud counts each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years. BAN, which takes its name from the Basel Convention -- a UN treaty that controls and prohibits the export of hazardous electronic wastes from rich to poorer countries-- has been a relentless focus on the issue for the last decade, working to halt the massive tide of toxic e-wastes to that flow each day to Asia by so-called "recyclers" in the United States. In 2009 they created the e-Stewards® Certification to offer an alternative to the weaker "R2" Certification created by a US EPA led negotiation, which continues to allow the export of toxic e-wastes to developing countries. In 2011, Intercon Solutions applied to become e-Stewards Certified. But in that same year, when BAN photographers discovered and confirmed that containers of electronic waste parked in their yard want to China that same year, they announced that Intercon would not be allowed into the e-Stewards program for a period of at least two years. Intercon's existing R2 Certification, however, was reinstated after a few months of the news. After that, BAN tracked their containers to China, and found out from former employees that they never actually did any electronics recycling at all but just packed and shipped offshore or to local landfills. The government is limited to charging Intercon with fraud and tax evasion as US environmental laws do not prohibit global dumping.

Source: http://www.ban.org/news/2016/12/21/9wa553l2mubp8g1fzobad9o29wr95h

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