Search

CEO Convicted for Superfund Superfraud

Posted on 4/18/2016 by Roger Marks

The CEO of a Canadian environmental services company has been convicted of major fraud against the United States for orchestrating a kickback scheme that netted his firm “tens of millions of dollars in soil treatment and disposal contracts,” according to a Department of Justice press release. 

Between 2001 and 2004, the CEO of Bennett Environmental Inc. bribed the project manager of the Federal Cresote Superfund site in New Jersey with $1 million in cash, gifts, trips, and entertainment, DOJ says. In return for the kickbacks offered, Bennett Environmental was given “last looks” at their competitors’ bids.

Read the full DOJ press release here.

Read more: What’s a Superfund site?
 
EPA Superfund site uncontrolled hazardous waste

The kickbacks allowed the firm, a hazardous waste services company specializing in the treatment and disposal of contaminated soil, to outbid its competitors at the last minute. This, DOJ says in its press release, undermined the competitive bidding process on a Federally funded project. 

Superfund Fraud Case History

The defendant and CEO of Bennett Environmental, John Bennett, who lived and worked in Canada, was extradited to the United States to stand trial in Newark, where he was found guilty of conspiring to pay kickbacks and committing major fraud against the United States. When he’s sentenced in June, Bennet may face up to ten years and a criminal fine of $1 million or more.

The long investigation of the scheme resulted in convictions for 10 individuals and three companies. Total criminal fines and restitution levied so far amount to more than $6,000,000. Charges range from major fraud against the US to tax fraud, money laundering, and obstruction of justice.

Coming Soon: 8-Hour OSHA HAZWOPER Refresher Training

If you work at a Superfund site or other uncontrolled hazardous waste site covered under OSHA’s HAZWOPER Standard at 29 CFR 1910.120, refresher HAZWOPER training is required annually. For contractors actively seeking clean-up work with Federal, State, or local governments, keeping managers and personnel up to date on HAZWOPER training is critical.

Meet OSHA’s annual training requirement for personnel who work at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites with the 8-Hour OSHA HAZWOPER Refresher Online Course, coming soon to Lion.com! 

Tags: CERCLA, hazardous waste,, HAZWOPER, RCRA, Superfund

Find a Post

Compliance Archives

Lion - Quotes

The instructor was probably the best I ever had! He made the class enjoyable, was humorous at times, and very knowledgeable.

Mary Sue Michon

Environmental Administrator

The exercises in the DOT hazardous materials management course are especially helpful in evaluating your understanding of course information.

Morgan Bliss

Principal Industrial Hygienist

The workshop covered a lot of information without being too overwhelming. Lion is much better, more comprehensive than other training providers.

George Alva

Manufacturing Manager

Energetic/enthusiastic! Made training enjoyable, understandable and fun!

Amanda Walsh

Hazardous Waste Professional

I think LION does an excellent job of any training they do. Materials provided are very useful to my day-to-day work activities.

Pamela Embody

EHS Specialist

The course is well thought out and organized in a way that leads to a clearer understanding of the total training.

David Baily

Hazmat Shipping Professional

The course was very well structured and covered the material in a clear, concise manner.

Ian Martinez

Hazmat Shipping Professional

Lion Technology workshops are amazing!! You always learn so much, and the instructors are fantastic.

Dorothy Rurak

Environmental Specialist

The instructor was very patient and engaging - willing to answer and help explain subject matter.

Misty Filipp

Material Control Superintendent

Well designed and thorough program. Excellent summary of requirements with references. Inclusion of regulations in hard copy form, as well as full electronic with state pertinent regulations included is a great bonus!

Oscar Fisher

EHS Manager

Download Our Latest Whitepaper

Shipping papers are a crucial part of safely shipping hazardous materials. See the top 5 mistakes shippers make on shipping papers, and how to avoid them.

Latest Whitepaper

By submitting your phone number, you agree to receive recurring marketing and training text messages. Consent to receive text messages is not required for any purchases. Text STOP at any time to cancel. Message and data rates may apply. View our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.