Price County Resident Among Three Persons Charged In Federal Court

May 22, 2020

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A Price county resident is among three persons entering a plea to federal charges of transporting hazardous waste allegedly without proper permits.

Charges were filed in U.S. Court in Madison against 66-year-old Bonnie Dennee of Phillips, 61-year-old James Moss of Ladysmith and 80-year-old Thomas Drake of Georgia.

Prosecutors allege the three conspired to store and transport hazardous waste without the required permits and manifests, in violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

The charges against Moss include conspiracy to evade the payment of employment taxes and income taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.

They also allege the trio conspired to knowingly store hazardous waste at unpermitted facilities in Catawba and elsewhere and they worked to conceal their actions.

The defendants agreed to plead guilty to the conspiracy charge.

If convicted, the maximum penalty for this charge is five years in prison, restitution, and a $250,000 fine.

In addition, Moss agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy to defraud the IRS and is exposed to additional fines and prison time.