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California environmental firm charged with defrauding state UST cleanup fund

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State prosecutors have charged a Santa Barbara, California-based environmental consulting firm and its owners with defrauding the state underground storage tank (UST ) cleanup fund by overbilling for cleaning up UST sites. State v. Hayden Envtl. Inc., No. N/A (Cal. Super. Ct. felony complaint filed 5/10/12). The complaint accuses the owners and the company of conspiring to commit grand theft, committing grand theft and presenting fraudulent claims to the State Water Resources Board’s Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund during 2008. If convicted, defendants face up to five years in prison and criminal fines in excess of $1 million.

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