Retailers in recent months have agreed to pay over $8 million to settle accusations they illegally landfilled electronics and other hazardous waste in California. In one case, trashed e-scrap was suspected to have ignited two fires.
Apple claims GEEP Canada employees hid Apple devices out of view of an e-scrap facility’s cameras, mislabeled devices as “copper bearings” for outbound shipping, and then received kickbacks for illegally reselling them.
In July, a former 5R Processors executive alleged he was the victim of a fraud scheme perpetrated by other 5R leaders and a local bank. Now, that former CEO has been indicted on federal criminal charges.