Polluters: Environmental Criminals, Consent Decrees and Other Pollution Cases

Polluters: Environmental Criminals, Consent Decrees and Other Pollution Cases

Environmental Polluter (and Other Violators) of the Week
(More like bi-weekly, actually)

*True cases of environmental criminals and other violators and violations of environmental laws, regulations, statutes and pollution standards from real court cases and consent decrees

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The EPA and its federal, state and local law enforcement partners investigate and prosecute significant and egregious violations of environmental laws. These investigations involve, but are not limited to, the illegal disposal of hazardous waste; the illegal discharge of pollutants to a water of the United States; the illegal importation of certain restricted or regulated chemicals into the United States; tampering with a drinking water supply; mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering relating to environmental criminal activities.

People often ask us, "It seems like companies get away with polluting all the time, just look at Exxon and the Valdez!" While it may be true that some companies treat the environment, your community's well-being and your health like a doormat and act as though their crimes are nothing more than a public relations expense; individuals and companies are being caught all the time. And the penalties are severe! Follow Detective Joe Friday and read on to learn about the appalling gall of these jerks and their crimes.

It is EHSO's opinion that our society's obsession with money and instant wealth, combined with a generally apathetic public, and politicians more concerned with polls than pollution is leading to an increase in pollution and deliberate polluters. If you suspect a persistent polluter in your area, email us (or click here to use the EPA's report a violator form) for instructions to assist the EPA in catching him!  To search a company's compliance history, click here!

Disclaimer: The following news stories are all taken verbatim from EPA releases, so don't even think of trying to sue us if you or your firm's name is here! We will WELCOME the publicity! Will your company?

James Kenneth Ward: Apprehended

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EPA Fugitives - Captured/Surrendered

Follow the links below to see information about fugitives who have either been captured and returned to federal authorities or who have surrendered to federal authorities. They will face their original charges; have a sentence imposed against them; or complete their original sentence. To view a complete listing of EPA Fugitives still at-large, please see EPA Fugitives .

 

 

 

 

 

Current Fugitives

To read each fugitive profile, click the image:

To read each fugitive profile, click the image or scroll down the page.
 

thumbnail image of Christian Tejada photograph of fugitive Omran Alghazouli photograph of fugitive Raul Chavez Beltran photograph of fugitive John Karayannides photograph of Fugitive Aage Lokkebratenphotograph of fugitive Michael Psomadakis Fugitive Peter Solemdal Fugitive Knut Sorboe photograph of fugitive Jimmy Szypulski

 

  • Current Fugitive Profiles

    fugitive photo of Christian Tejada

    Christian Tejada
    • Wanted Poster
    • Tejada was charged in the Northern District of New York.
    • Tejada bought and sold motor vehicle simulator devices (a.k.a. emissions emulators or OBD II Simulators) throughout the United States.
    • Alleged violations include:
      • Conspiracy to Violate the Clean Air Act
      • Conspiracy to Defraud the United States Government
      • Failure to appear for sentencing
    • Tejada currently is a fugitive believed to be living in the Dominican Republic.
    • If sighted, contact the U.S. Marshalls Office (315) 473-7620/7601, the EPA-CID Syracuse Resident Office (315) 422-5720, or submit the Report a Fugitive's Location web form.

    photograph of fugitive Orman Alghazouli

    Omran Alghazouli

    • Wanted Poster
    • Alghazouli was charged in the Southern District of California.
    • Alghazouli sold R-12 Freon, an ozone depleting substance, that had been illegally smuggled from Mexico.
    • Alleged violations include:
      • Conspiracy to Smuggle
      • Conspiracy to Launder Money
      • Money Laundering
    • Alghazouli currently is a fugitive believed to be living in Syria.
    • If sighted, contact the Criminal Investigation Division office in San Diego, California at: 1-619-557-2920 or submit the Report a Fugitive's Location web form.

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    photograph of fugitive Raul Chavez Beltran

    Raul Chavez-Beltran

    • Wanted Poster
    • Chavez-Beltran was charged in the Western District of Texas - El Paso Division.
    • Alleged violations include:
      • Illegal transportation, storage and disposal of mercury contaminated soil
      • Conspiracy
      • Mail Fraud
    • Chavez-Beltran is the President of EnCon Environmental Services, Inc.
    • Chavez-Beltran has been a fugitive living and working in Mexico.
    • If sighted, contact the Criminal Investigation Division office in Dallas, Texas at: 1-214-665-6600 or submit the Report a Fugitive's Location web form.
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    photograph of fugitive John Karayannides

    John Karayannides

    • Wanted Poster
    • Karayannides was charged in the Southern District of Florida in a multiple count indictment.
    • Alleged violations include:
      • Illegal dumping of oil
      • Conspiracy
    • Karayannides was involved in the illegal discharge of tons of oil-contaminated grain from his ship, into the ocean.
    • Karayannides fled the country prior to indictment.
    • Karayannides is believed to be in the Athens, Greece area.
    • If sighted, contact the Criminal Investigation Division office in Kansas City, Kansas at: 1-913-551-7999 or submit the Report a Fugitive's Location web form.

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    Aage Lokkebraten was born on November 14, 1942. No photograph of fugitive Lokkebraten is available

    LOKKEBRATEN

    Aage Lokkebraten

    • Wanted Poster
    • As a ship's Chief Engineer, Lokkebraten was charged in a four count indictment in the Southern District of Florida.
    • Alleged violations include:
      • Aiding and Abetting false entries into an Oil Record Book
      • Conspiracy
      • Creating an official false document
    • Lokkebraten violated the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.
    • Lokkebraten fled the country prior to being indicted.
    • If sighted, contact the Criminal Investigation Division office in Miami, Florida at: 1-305-536-6700 or submit the Report a Fugitive's Location web form.

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    photograph of fugitive Michael Psomadakis

    Michael Evangelos Psomadakis

    • Wanted Poster
    • Psomadakis, the Chief Engineer on a Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) vessel, was charged in the Southern District of Florida.
    • Alleged violations include:
      • Tampering with a witness
    • Psomadakis directed other RCCL employees to make false statements to the company and to criminal investigators.
    • Psomadakis fled the jurisdiction of the United States prior to arrest. He is believed to be in Athens, Greece.
    • If sighted, contact the Criminal Investigation Division office in Miami, Florida at: 1-305-536-6700 or submit the Report a Fugitive's Location web form.

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    SOLEMDAL

    Peter Solemdal

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    SORBOE

    Kurt Sorboe

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    photograph of fugitive Jimmy Szypulski

    Zidzislaw (Jimmy) Szypulski

     

    2020 Polluter and environmental enforcement cases

    EPA settlement with Matson resolves 2013 molasses spill into Honolulu Harbor

    Release Date: 
    01/19/2017