June 16, 2022
Indiana Individual Sentenced in Violation of Hazardous Waste Regulations
On June 16, 2022, Michelle M. Rousseff-Kemp was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana to 24 months of probation, a $5,500 fine, and a $200 special assessment. Rousseff-Kemp was the former president and owner of K-Com Transport Services, Inc., an Indiana-based waste management services company that functioned as a hazardous waste transporter, broker, and transport facility. The former executive entered into a plea agreement stating that Rousseff-Kemp made a false statement and violated the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act for storing hazardous waste without a permit. The investigation revealed that from June 2018 until November 2018 Rousseff-Kemp knowingly and willfully altered a hazardous waste manifest to misrepresent when K-Com transported hazardous waste to a facility for proper disposal. Additionally, Rousseff-Kemp knowingly stored or caused to be stored hazardous waste without a permit issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the State of Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM).
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the EPA–Criminal Investigation Division and IDEM, Office of Criminal Investigations.