FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ENRD WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010
(202) 514-2007 WWW.USDOJ.GOV TDD (202) 514-1888
WASHINGTON – A federal grand jury in the Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division, has returned an indictment charging Charles D. Woodworth with conspiring to make false statements and making false statements while he was the Maintenance Manager for Jupiter Aluminum Corporation, an aluminum recycling facility, the Justice Department announced.
The charges stem from allegations that Woodworth directed and caused workers to illegally falsify baghouse reports, which relate to Jupiter Aluminum’s pollution control equipment.
The eight-count indictment describes a conspiracy to violate the Clean Air Act, in which Woodworth, who supervised the maintenance employees at Jupiter Aluminum, directed mechanics to falsify baghouse reports. The indictment goes on to allege that over the course of several years, the mechanics ignored the condition of the baghouses at Jupiter Aluminum and falsified baghouse reports to suggest that the baghouses were operating properly.
If convicted, Woodworth could be punished by up to five years in prison as well as a criminal fine of up to $250,000 for each count.
The allegations in the indictment are mere accusations and all persons are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana and the Justice Department’s Environmental Crimes Section. The case was investigated by the EPA Criminal Investigation Division and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
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