Trash hauler gets 6 months in scale scheme

September 17, 1997|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

The owner of two trash-hauling firms was sentenced Monday to six months in prison and five years of probation for his role in a bribery scheme at Anne Arundel County's Millersville landfill.

County Circuit Judge Clayton D. Greene also ordered Donald E. Warrener, 33, to reimburse the county $500,000 -- a sum that prosecutors called a conservative estimate of revenue lost due to the scheme in which scale operators undercharged Warrener for trash brought to the landfill.

Warrener, a resident of Sparks in Baltimore County, pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy in exchange for having three other charges against him and all charges against his companies, D&J Inc. and Don's Trash Services Inc., dropped.

The scheme was uncovered after the county Department of Public Works hired a private detective in 1995 to monitor operations at Millersville after an audit showed dramatic drops in the fees collected for trash from businesses and apartment complexes.

The probe revealed that landfill scale operators undercharged certain haulers in exchange for money and gifts.

The county lost between $1 million and $2 million in one year, prosecutors have said.

Pub Date: 9/17/97

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