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Men from Illinois and Missouri Charged in Arkansas Waste Case

Release Date: 07/27/2005
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Contact: Stacie Keller, 202-564-4355 /

(7/27/05) On July 13, Wally El-Beck, of Springfield, Ill., and Moumen Kuziez of St. Louis, Mo., were charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas in Little Rock with mail fraud and wire fraud charges. Between Dec. 31, 2000, and March 5, 2003, the defendants allegedly made numerous fraudulent solicitations to industrial waste generators located in Tennessee and Illinois claiming that they would dispose of their waste through incineration. The defendants then allegedly took in 10,000 drums of wastes at the Arkansas Municipal Waste to Energy facility in Osceola, Ark. The wastes in the drums were, in fact, not incinerated, and the companies that generated the wastes were forced to pay a second time to have the drums transported to another site where the wastes would be incinerated according to law. Failing to fulfill contracts to dispose of hazardous waste can create an exposure risk to those who may come into contact with the unprocessed wastes. This case was investigated by the Baton Rouge Office of EPA's Criminal Investigation Division and the United States Postal Service Inspector General's Office with the assistance of EPA's National Enforcement Investigations Center. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. attorney's office in Little Rock.