On May 21, 2020, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Wisconsin, filed charges in the U.S. District Court against three former executives of 5R Processors, Ltd., an electronic waste and recycling company. The separate informations allege that between January 2011 and approximately November 2016, James Moss, former president; Bonnie Dennee, former vice president; and Thomas Drake, the founder, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board of 5R Processors, Ltd., each conspired with others to store and transport hazardous waste without required permits and manifests, in violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. In addition, Mr. Moss allegedly failed to truthfully account for and pay all Federal taxes through appropriate employee deductions and was also charged with conspiracy to evade IRS collection activities. Plea agreements for each party were submitted to the court for consideration.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation jointly with the Environmental Protection Agency-Criminal Investigative Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Internal Revenue Service, and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.