Eighth truck driver arrested in recycling fraud bust

ICYMI, here’s a news release we sent out recently by Lance Klug:

 

Media Contact: Lance Klug
(916) 341-6293 | lance.klug@calrecycle.ca.gov
December 29, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release #2015-30

SACRAMENTO – The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is announcing the eighth recycling fraud arrest of 2015 and renewing its commitment to further disrupt the criminal enterprises behind these schemes in 2016.

The vigilance of enforcement partners at the California Department of Justice, California Department of Food and Agriculture, and the California Highway Patrol in 2015 helped block the fraudulent redemption of 85,646 pounds of out-of-state used beverage containers with a potential California Redemption Value (CRV) of more than $108,000.

“CalRecycle’s fraud prevention strategy delivered results in 2015, and we expect to build upon that success in the new year,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “Our enforcement partnerships with CDOJ, CHP, and CDFA allow us to target recycling fraud schemes all across California and quickly adjust our efforts as these criminal organizations change their tactics.”

The latest arrest happened Nov. 2, 2015, after a CDOJ Recycling Fraud Team observed a white New Evolution Trucking big rig leave a North Las Vegas truck storage yard and enter California on a route that circumvented CDFA border checkpoints in Yermo and Needles, Calif. California law requires all drivers importing used beverage containers report the materials at a CDFA checkpoint. Agents contacted CHP, who initiated the stop along I-15 in Barstow. Humberto Flores-Hernandez, 29, failed to produce the required paperwork for the 9,840 pounds of used aluminum and glass beverage containers found in the back of his trailer. Flores-Hernandez was arrested on suspicion of recycling fraud and attempted grand theft, and his tractor-trailer was impounded. The potential CRV value of the illegal haul was priced at $13,874.

California’s Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act incentivizes recycling through a CRV fee paid by California consumers at the time of purchase and refunded upon return of the empty beverage containers to recycling centers certified by CalRecycle to refund CRV. Since the fee is not paid on beverages purchased outside the state, those containers are not eligible for CRV redemption.

CDOJ investigates and prosecutes criminal cases on behalf of CalRecycle, which has administrative authority over the state’s beverage container recycling program. In addition to CalRecycle’s interagency agreements with CDOJ and CDFA, the department aggressively combats fraud through enhanced precertification training of recycling center owners, documentation requirements for imported materials, increased scrutiny of payment claims, and daily load limits on material that can be brought in for redemption.

Click here to review past CalRecycle news releases detailing all eight recycling fraud busts of 2015.

— Lance Klug
Posted on Jan 7, 2016

Summary: SACRAMENTO – The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is announcing the eighth recycling fraud arrest of 2015 and renewing its commitment to further disrupt the criminal enterprises behind these schemes in 2016.