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Former Trucking Employee Sentenced in HazMat Case

Randa Michelson, a former employee of Mid-America Express, Inc., Chatsworth, GA, was sentenced in U. S. District Court in Minneapolis, MN, after earlier pleading guilty to participating in a conspiracy to transport undeclared hazardous materials by truck. The chemicals, which should have been labeled as hazardous, included hydrogen peroxide and sodium hydroxide, which can cause skin burns and irritation to the respiratory tract. Michelson was sentenced to 3 years’ probation and 150 hours of community service. She was charged in Biloxi, MS, in 2001 with co-defendant Jack Weaver. She then moved to Minnesota and was allowed to enter her guilty plea there. Weaver was fined $1,000 in 2002. OIG conducted the investigation jointly with the FBI and EPA.