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6 charged in business fraud

On June 6 it was announced that a Pennsylvania family faces numerous charges for fraud related to their alleged illegal dumping of waste products and overbilling of customers. Six people, including the owner of the environmental company, were charged in the Minuteman case after a grand jury indictment.

The company owner was indicted for insurance fraud when he and his father reportedly swindled insurance companies out of an estimated $500,000. The father is currently detained for an unrelated offense.

In the late spring of 2013, the State Attorney General's Office conducted a raid on the business. They reportedly spoke with workers and took boxes of evidence from the site. The owner's lawyer further explained that the company has filed for bankruptcy and is unsure about the company's future.

The owner's attorney claimed that the case was based on incorrect information from unhappy former workers. The owner himself faces more than five dozen charges and could be fined as much $1.4 million if he is convicted on all charges. Other family members, including the father's fiancée, were supposedly listed on the payroll although they did not work for the company. They were allegedly receiving insurance benefits and now face charges of insurance fraud and related offenses.

Federal charges could result in excessive fines and lengthy prison sentences. A criminal defense lawyer might be able to work with prosecutors to mitigate charges and penalties. If the evidence provided by the prosecution is difficult to contest, individuals facing numerous charges may wish to enter a plea bargain and possibly testify in other cases.

Source: WNEP, "UPDATE: Bob Bolus, Family Members Charged In Minuteman Investigation", Dan Ratchford, Dave Bohman, and Nikki Krize, June 06, 2014

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