Man pleads guilty to ordering oil company records destroyed

Data was subpoenaed in federal probe

March 08, 2001|By Laura Vozzella | Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF

The former owner of a Baltimore waste oil firm pleaded guilty yesterday to ordering the destruction of company records sought for an investigation of a discharge of about 10,000 gallons of oil into the city's sewer system.

Howard J. Goldstein, who was a corporate officer and principal owner of A&A Waste Oil Co., pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice before Judge J. Frederick Motz in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

Motz set a May 4 sentencing date for Goldstein, who could receive a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Goldstein, 49, of Owings Mills and Pompano Beach, Fla., admitted that he had computer and paper records removed or destroyed after a federal grand jury subpoenaed them for its investigation of a September 1996 oil discharge, prosecutors said.

A&A was never prosecuted in the case. The company was sold in April 1999 to U.S. Liquids Inc. of Houston.

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