BATON ROUGE, La. (June 21, 2012) — The owner of a Louisiana waste tire transport company and two of her relatives have been arrested on multiple felony charges of trying to defraud the Louisiana Waste Tire Management Fund.
Anna Guillory, 41, of Eunice, La., owner and operator of Reds Transport, was arrested June 20 and charged with 34 counts of forgery, 34 counts of filing a public record, one count of defrauding the Waste Tire Fund for more than $500, and one count of theft of approximately $3,951.50, according to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
Ms. Guillory's arrest followed the arrest May 3 of her brother-in-law, Majella Green, 57, on May 3, and her nephew, Rakeim Senegal, 20, on May 24, on similar charges.
Messrs. Green and Senegal, who are father and son, are waste tire transporters for Reds Transport. They were both charged with 58 counts of forgery, 58 counts of filing a false public record, one count of Waste Tire Fund fraud, and one count of theft of approximately $7,715.50.
The three are accused of filing false manifests for the pickup and delivery of scrap tires. They each face up to 10 years in prison for each of the forgery, false public records, fraud and theft charges, as well as maximum fines of $3,000 to $5,000 for each charge, the DEQ said.
Green was arrested on nearly identical charges in February 2011, and pleaded guilty to one count of forgery on March 8, 2012, the DEQ said. He received a suspended sentence of five years' hard labor, plus five years of supervised probation, it said.
The DEQ filed a bill of information about the case with the state district attorney's office in Lafayette, La., according to an agency spokeswoman. The district attorney's office has not yet filed a complaint against the defendants, she said.
This is the second high-profile scrap tire case announced by the DEQ in the last few months. On May 3, Melvin Ray White Jr., 49, of Angie, La., pleaded guilty to illegal dumping and burning of tires on his property. MR. White was given a suspended sentence of two years in prison, five years' active probation and a $1,000 fine.