Criminal Investigation News Releases

Xplor Energy pleads guilty to felony Clean Water Act violation

DEQ Communications - 11/20/2014
Category: Criminal Investigation

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that XPLOR Energy SPV-1, Inc. ("XPLOR"), an Oklahoma corporation residing in Southlake, Texas, pled guilty today to a one-count bill of information which charged the company with knowingly violating the Clean Water Act, Title 33, United States Code, Section 1319(c)(2)(A).

Washington Parish School Board must institute asbestos handling training

DEQ Communications - 11/3/2014
Category: Criminal Investigation

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced today that his office has agreed to defer prosecution on the bill of information it filed against the Washington Parish School Board ("school board") charging it with a felony violation of the Clean Air Act for failing to notify the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality of the 2011 demolition of the Old Pine High School which contained regulated asbestos containing material.

Oil Company charged with felony Clean Water Act violation

DEQ Communications - 9/16/2014
Category: Criminal Investigation

Felony environmental charges added for Lafourche Parish man accused of theft and criminal damage to property

DEQ Communications - 9/15/2014
Category: Criminal Investigation

Investigators within the Criminal Investigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality obtained a felony arrest warrant on Sept. 11, 2014, for a Lafourche Parish man for the illegal discharge of diesel fuel into state waterways.

New Jersey man and Louisiana man arrested for the illegal disposal of harmful substances

DEQ Communications - 6/26/2014
Category: Criminal Investigation

Today, investigators within the Criminal Investigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality arrested a New Jersey man for felony illegal disposal of harmful substances.

    Grant Parish man arrested for illegal disposal of septic tank wastes

    DEQ Communications - 4/9/2014
    Category: Criminal Investigation

    Today, investigators with DEQ's Criminal Investigation Division, deputies from the Grant Parish Sheriff's Office, and troopers from State Police Troop E arrested a Pollock man for the illegal disposal of septic tank wastes and sewage. The arrest took place in conjunction with a search warrant executed at the man's residence.

      Seven arrested for knowingly submitting false records to DEQ

      DEQ Communications - 3/24/2014
      Category: Criminal Investigation

      Today, the Louisiana Environmental Crimes Task Force completed the arrests of seven individuals for knowingly filing or maintaining false public records with DEQ in connection with the vehicle emissions program. Investigators within the Criminal Investigation Division of DEQ, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Public Safety conducted the multi-agency investigation.

        Iberville Parish man pleads guilty to illegal dumping of pollutants

        DEQ Communications - 11/13/2013
        Category: Criminal Investigation

        An Iberville Parish man was sentenced Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the 18th Judicial District Court for violating Louisiana's Water Control Law and the Environmental Quality Act for the second time in three years. Tommy M. Francise, 58, of Plaquemine, illegally dumped wastes, and grease into a drainage canal behind his residence on Talbot Drive in Plaquemine.

        Former plant manager sentenced on environmental crimes in St. James Parish

        DEQ Communications - 11/5/2013
        Category: Criminal Investigation

        A former Ascension parish resident was sentenced yesterday for illegally discharging wastes from the Armant Environmental Services (AES) plant, a now-closed wastewater treatment facility in Vacherie, Louisiana.

        Evangeline Parish man pleads guilty to illegally burning waste tires

        DEQ Communications - 10/24/2013
        Category: Criminal Investigation

        Today, an Evangeline Parish man who was arrested on March 27, for illegally burning waste tires in the town of Basile, pled guilty to state criminal environmental charges in 13th Judicial District Court in Ville Platte.

        Orleans Parish man arrested a second time for illegal dumping in New Orleans East

        DEQ Communications - 7/26/2013
        Category: Criminal Investigation

        Yesterday, officers with the New Orleans Police Department 7th District arrested an Orleans Parish man on an outstanding warrant for the alleged illegal dumping of solid waste in New Orleans East. The arrest warrant was signed on June 25, 2013, and originated during an investigation conducted by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.

        Orleans Parish Demolition Company pleads guilty to illegal dumping in New Orleans East

        DEQ Communications - 6/26/2013
        Category: Criminal Investigation

        A guilty plea was entered yesterday at the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court by J & L Demolition and Dumpsters, LLC, a demolition and disposal business located at 9330 Chef Menteur Highway in New Orleans East. The company was cited for illegal disposal of solid waste stemming from a multi-agency compliance operation that began in the fall of 2010.

        Vidalia man pleads guilty to illegal discharges in state waters

        DEQ Communications - 4/16/2013
        Category: Criminal Investigation

        Today, Carr William Brown, 53, of Vidalia entered a plea of guilty as a result of the illegal discharges of pollutants into state waters in Cameron Parish. Brown is an employee of Mandeville-based T&F Oil Company.

        Evangeline Parish man arrested for alleged illegal burning of waste tires

        DEQ Communications - 3/27/2013
        Category: Criminal Investigation

        Today, investigators with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality arrested an Evangeline Parish man for the alleged illegal burning of waste tires. Officers with the Basile Police Department originally responded to a burning complaint on March 8 at 2348 Guillory Street in Basile. The findings of that investigation were forwarded to DEQ's Criminal Investigation Division which led to the arrest.

        Jefferson Parish man pleads guilty to submitting false records to DEQ

        DEQ Communications - 3/11/2013
        Category: Criminal Investigation

        Today, Marc Victoriano, 38, of Marrero, pled guilty in 19th Judicial District Court to knowingly making a false representation on a form filed with DEQ. Victoriano is the operator of Professional Safety Consultants, an asbestos abatement training provider. In 2009, Victoriano knowingly prepared asbestos course forms that falsely misrepresented the number of accredited instructors teaching asbestos training courses. DEQ regulations require that two or more accredited instructors must be listed for each asbestos training course. Victoriano knowingly submitted the false forms to DEQ in Baton Rouge with the name of an instructor that was out of the state on the dates the classes were taught.

        East Baton Rouge Parish man arrested for alleged illegal dumping of gasoline and diesel

        DEQ Communications - 3/6/2013
        Category: Criminal Investigation

        Today, investigators within the Criminal Investigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality arrested an East Baton Rouge Parish man for the alleged illegal dumping of gasoline and diesel.

        St. Landry Parish man pleads guilty to environmental crimes, gets jail time

        DEQ Communications - 12/5/2012
        Category: Criminal Investigation

        Monday, Joseph L. Jones, 58, of St. Landry Parish, pled guilty to 11 felony charges involving criminal violations of Plaisance Development Corporation's water discharge permits in St. Landry Parish. Jones was the president of Plaisance Development Corporation which operated six wastewater treatment plants in St. Landry Parish as well as six wastewater treatment plants in Evangeline Parish. Jones was charged with knowingly violating the Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit by exceeding discharge limitations and not providing monitoring results for the facilities operated in St. Landry Parish.

          Iberville Parish man arrested for alleged illegal dumping and disposal of waste

          DEQ Communications - 9/13/2012
          Category: Criminal Investigation

          Today, investigators with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality arrested an Iberville Parish man for the alleged illegal dumping of pollutants into state waterways and the illegal disposal of solid waste.

          Caddo Parish Sewage Treatment Plant Operator Arrested in San Diego County, California

          DEQ Communications - 8/17/2012
          Category: Criminal Investigation

          On Wednesday, members of the San Diego Regional Fugitive Taskforce arrested a Caddo Parish sewage treatment plant operator on 19 felony violations of Louisiana's Water Control Law.

          Acadia Parish waste tire transport company owner arrested on waste tire fund violations

          DEQ Communications - 6/20/2012
          Category: Criminal Investigation

          Today, investigators from the Criminal Investigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality arrested the owner of a waste tire transport company on numerous felony counts related to the Louisiana Waste Tire Management Fund.

            Acadia Parish waste tire transporter arrested on waste tire fund violations

            DEQ Communications - 5/24/2012
            Category: Criminal Investigation

            Today, investigators within the Criminal Investigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality arrested a waste tire transporter from Church Point on numerous felony counts related to the Louisiana Waste Tire Management Fund.

              Washington Parish man pleads guilty to illegal dumping and burning of tires

              DEQ Communications - 5/9/2012
              Category: Criminal Investigation

              A Washington Parish man, arrested in May 2011 for illegal dumping and illegal burning of tires in the town of Angie, plead guilty to the charges on May 3.

              Acadia Parish waste tire transporter arrested for felony waste tire fund violations

              DEQ Communications - 5/3/2012
              Category: Criminal Investigation

              Today, investigators with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality arrested a waste tire transporter from Church Point on numerous felony counts related to the Louisiana Waste Tire Management Fund.

              Lafayette Parish woman arrested for illegal disposal of septic tank wastes

              DEQ Communications - 3/27/2012
              Category: Criminal Investigation

              Today, deputies with the Lafayette Parish Sherriff�s Office warrant squad arrested a Lafayette woman for the alleged illegal storage and disposal of grease and septic tank wastes The arrest was pursuant to an arrest warrant obtained by investigators with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.

                Iberville Parish man pleads guilty to illegal dumping of pollutants

                DEQ Communications - 3/13/2012
                Category: Criminal Investigation

                Yesterday, an Iberville Parish man pled guilty to violations of Louisiana's Water Control Law and the Environmental Quality Act in state district court.

                Rapides Parish man pleads guilty to illegal disposal of wastes

                DEQ Communications - 1/18/2012
                Category: Criminal Investigation

                Yesterday, a Rapides parish contractor admitted in 9th Judicial District Court to illegally disposing of wastes. Walter Monroe Smith, Sr., 62, of Pineville and owner of Rapides Roofing and Home Repair, pled guilty to two separate felony counts of illegally disposing of wastes that endangered or could have endangered human life or health.

                DEQ investigating illegal dumping of oil in Jefferson Davis Parish

                DEQ Communications - 1/6/2012
                Category: Criminal Investigation

                The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality's Criminal Investigation Division and Emergency Response are investigating the illegal dumping of oil in Jefferson Davis Parish. On or about Jan. 3 or 4, five 55-gallon drums of used motor oil and off-road diesel were thrown into a ditch on the west side of Lyons Road near East Grand Marais Ditch. Two of the drums were dumped into the East Grand Marais ditch. About six five-gallon buckets of an unknown oily substance were also dumped.

                Company and Operator Plead Guilty to Violation of the Clean Water Act for Discharging Oily Wastewater into the Harvey Canal

                DEQ Communications - 11/10/2011
                Category: Criminal Investigation

                Louisiana businessmen plead guilty to illegal disposal of solid waste

                DEQ Communications - 11/9/2011
                Category: Criminal Investigation

                Guilty pleas were entered yesterday at the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court by Cecil and Floyd Person, owners of a waste hauler business based in New Orleans. The Persons were arrested on illegal dumping charges stemming from a multi-agency operation conducted in the fall of 2010.

                Lafayette man pleads guilty to unauthorized discharge of pollutants

                DEQ Communications - 11/4/2011
                Category: Criminal Investigation

                A Lafayette man pled guilty yesterday to the unauthorized discharge of a pollutant into a publicly owned treatment works; and, in doing so, he knew or should have known that such a discharge would cause personal injury or property damage.

                 

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