June 9, 2014
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has filed 64 criminal charges against the owner of a Northumberland County company that hauls waste and equipment for the natural gas industry.
The investigation stems from allegations that the company, called Minuteman, and its owner, 43 year-old Brian Bolus, were dumping solid waste from gas drilling, or fracking, operations in several counties.
Carolyn Myers a spokeswoman for Kane’s office says the sites include Dauphin and Northumberland counties.
“This in some cases was radioactive waste and it was not to be store and disposed of in the way that Minuteman stored and disposed of it.”
Minuteman also allegedly had a policy of overbilling for its work.
A statewide grand jury found it defrauded dozens of major natural gas companies.
Bolus is also accused of hiring family members as ghost employees in order to be eligible for group health insurance.
If found guilty of all charges, he faces possible jail time and fines of up to $1.4 million.
Bolus was not immediately available for comment.