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El Paso Company and Managers Indicted in Fraudulent Hazardous Waste Collection Scheme

Release Date: 03/31/2004
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Suzanne Ackerman 202-564-7819 /

(03/31/04) Villafam Contracting Services, LLC, of El Paso, Texas, and two of its managers, Hector I. Villa, III and Denise Y. Villa-Aceves, were each indicted on March 22 on charges that they conspired to commit mail fraud by submitting falsely inflated invoices to the city regarding the amount of hazardous waste collected and disposed of by the company. In addition to the conspiracy charge, Villafam is charged with one count of mail fraud, and Hector Villa and Denise Villa-Aceves are each charged with six counts of mail fraud. The indictment also contains a notice of forfeiture by which the government seeks to recover the alleged proceeds of the scheme, including company assets and a monetary sum of $391,393. The case was investigated by the Dallas Area Office of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, the FBI and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in El Paso. An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty in a court of law.