December 28, 2012
Wayne County business owner charged with illegally burning and burying waste
HARRISBURG - Agents from the Attorney General's Environmental Crimes Section today filed criminal charges against a Wayne County man accused of illegally burning and burying waste in Wayne County.
Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendant as Joseph Bunnell, 50, 257 Tryon St., Honesdale. Bunnell is the owner of Bunnell Waste Removal Inc., 267 Tryon St., Honesdale Borough.
According to the criminal complaint, from January 2009 through February 2012, Bunnell allegedly obtained thousands of dollars from customers by misrepresenting that their waste was properly disposed of at a landfill.
Kelly said that Bunnell allegedly provided customers with bogus landfill weigh tickets that falsely indicated their buried and burned buried waste was legally disposed of at the landfill.
The charges state that instead of properly disposing of the waste Bunnell buried and burned it at his property in Honesdale Borough or at a property in Buckingham Township.
Kelly thanked the Department of Environmental Protection for their assistance in the investigation. The case will be prosecuted in Wayne County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Brian Coffey of the Attorney General's Environmental Crimes Section.
Bunnell is charged with two counts of illegal transportation, one count of illegal dumping, one count of illegal burning, one count of illegal storage, one count of deceptive or fraudulent business practices, one count of theft by deception, and one count of corrupt organizations.
Bunnell was preliminarily arraigned before Honesdale Magisterial District Judge Theodore Mikulak and released on $2,500 unsecured bail.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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