Michigan broker found guilty of illegal export
By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
The owner of a Canton, Michigan-based broker of used electronics will serve jail time after being found guilty of violating environmental laws and illegally exporting hazardous materials.
According to a statement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, on March 25 U.S. District Judge David M. Lawson sentenced Mark Jeffrey Glover to 30 months in prison. Glover will also pay an additional $10,000 fine and $10,839 to his landlord.
His company, Discount Computers, Inc. (DCI), was slapped with a $2 million fine for trafficking in counterfeit goods and services. DCI was also sentenced for storing and disposing of hazardous waste without a permit. Glover pleaded guilty to the charges on his behalf and that of his company in October 2012.
DCI has warehouses in Maryland Heights, Missouri and Dayton, New Jersey. The company resold working electronics in addition to scrap components. According to the EPA, a sizable part of DCI's business involved exporting used cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors to countries in the Middle East and Asia.
Under the Mubarak regime, Egypt prohibited the importation of computer equipment which is more than five years old. While the ban was largely seen as an effort to control the flow of internet-capable technology into the country, the company nevertheless engaged in fraud in skirting the law, according to the EPA. DCI evaded this requirement by replacing the original factory labels on used CRT monitors with counterfeit labels with a more recent manufacture date. The EPA states that over a five-year period, DCI sent at least 300 shipments to Egypt valued at approximately $2.1 million — constituting more than 100,000 used CRTs monitors.
The verdict finds DCI broke federal law by knowingly using the false labels to ship the monitors. Additionally, the court found that DCI was storing hazardous waste without the necessary permits.