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PA PENNSYLVANIA BUSINESSMAN PLEADS GUILTY

Release Date: 11/7/97
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FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1997

PENNSYLVANIA BUSINESSMAN PLEADS GUILTY

On Nov. 3, Frank V. Carlow of Uniontown, Pa., owner of several coal mining and demolition companies, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh to illegally storing hazardous wastes, tax evasion, mail fraud, pension fraud and obstruction of justice. Carlow admitted that he illegally stored over 170 55-gal. drums of hazardous wastes at the former Beaumont Glass Co. in Morgantown, W.Va. from 1992-1997. Many of the drums contained hydroflouric acid which can cause severe chemical burns. In addition, Carlow evaded over $10 million in federal taxes and $2.5 million in state worker insurance payments by under reporting the hours worked by approximately 400 miners who he employed. When sentenced, Carlow faces a maximum sentence of up to 78 years in prison, up to $2,750,000 in fines, and three years of supervised release. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General, the Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Labor.

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