A Parker man who served as the former vice president of operations for a recycling company was sentenced for his role in environmental crimes related to the illegal disposal of electronic waste.
Former Executive Recycling Inc. employee Tor Olson, 38, was sentenced July 17 to serve 14 months in prison, pay a $5,000 fine, and pay more than $15,000 in restitution. Olson remains free on bond pending appeal.
He and co-conspirator Brandon Richter, 38, of Highlands Ranch, were convicted in December 2012 of multiple counts of mail and wire fraud and environmental crimes related to the illegal disposal of electronics, smuggling, and obstruction of justice, following an 11-day trial. Richter was ordered to serve 30 months in federal prison, followed by three years on supervised release.
Judge William J. Martinez also ordered Richter to pay a $7,500 fine, and said he was responsible for $70,100 in joint and several restitution to the victims of the crime. Richter was ordered to report to a federal Bureau of Prisons facility within 15 days of designation. Martinez also ordered $142,200 in asset forfeiture. Executive Recycling, the corporation, was sentenced to pay a $4.5 million fine and serve three years of probation.
According to federal prosecutors, the defendants’ misrepresentation induced customers to enter into contracts or agreements with the defendants for electronic waste disposal. Each victim paid the defendants to recycle their electronic waste. Contrary to their representations, Olson and Richter sold the electronic waste they received from customers to brokers for export overseas to the People’s Republic of China and other countries.
Executive Recycling appeared as the exporter of record in over 300 exports from the United States between 2005 and 2008. Approximately 160 of these exported cargo containers contained a total of more than 100,000 CRTs, or cathode ray tubes, which are typically used in computer or television monitors and are known to contain lead.