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Colorado tire recycler sentenced, fined on fraud charges

The Colorado attorney general announced that the president of tire recycler Colorado Tire Solutions admitted to filing fraudulent claims of waste tire tonnage. Accused of this fraud, the man pleaded guilty on Sept. 5 to one count of possession of a forged instrument and one court of forgery. The court sentenced him to 10 days in jail and two years of probation. He will also have to reimburse the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for $17,189, and his company was ordered to pay the Colorado Environmental Crimes sampling fund a $10,000 fine.

The original indictment charged the recycler with six counts including forgery of a public record, theft, attempted theft, two counts of attempting to influence a public servant and one count of computer crime to scheme or defraud. These charges came after the man allegedly filed inflated or falsified tonnage reimbursement documents with the CDPHE from May to December 2012, according to authorities.

The indictment also charged that the tire recycling company president tried to use fraudulent methods to induce CDPHE employees into giving him further unlawful reimbursements. Colorado's attorney general said in a news release that the man's justification for breaking the law was that "everybody does it," but now, the AG asserted, he would serve as an "example" to anyone who thinks stealing from taxpayers is "acceptable."

Business transactions can be challenging when you play by the rules, but working with a Colorado attorney who knows business law may help make the right thing to do a lot easier and less complicated. Services from a lawyer could include help on any legal concerns with growing a business, such as negotiating during contract disputes and dealing with mergers and acquisitions.

Source: Rubber News, "Colo. tire recycler pleads guilty in reimbursement fraud case", Miles Moore, September 12, 2013

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