Electronic waste executives go to trial for lying to customers
By Jeremy Carroll @jeremyscarroll.com. Waste & Recycling News. December 7, 2012
A federal trial is underway for an electronic waste company accused of lying to its customers.
Executive Recycling, based in Englewood, Colorado, sent more than 100,000 cathode ray tubes overseas in more than 300 shipments between February 2005 and January 2009, all while telling customers they were recycling the items domestically and responsibly, the government has alleged.
CEO Brandon Richter and former vice president of operations Tor Olson were indicted on charges of wire fraud, mail fraud, failure to file notification of shipments of hazardous waste, and destruction of records in 2011.
The company was featured during a “60 Minutes” segment in 2008, when they tracked shipments from the company to China with the help of the Basel Action Network.
Court documents indicate that the federal trial could take up to 13 days.