Two More Commercial Trash Haulers Admit to Bribing Baltimore City Landfill Employees
Baltimore, Maryland – Quentin Turgot Glenn, age 49, of Hanover, Maryland, who owned and operated Glenn Services, LLC, a trash hauling business, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy and bribery in connection with a scheme in which commercial haulers paid Department of Public Works (DPW) employees cash in return for allowing the haulers to deposit trash at the Quarantine Road Landfill (Landfill) without paying the required disposal fees.
Jessie Lee Wilson, Jr., age 40, of Baltimore, who was employed by Glenn Services as a truck driver, pleaded guilty on October 30, 2015 to the conspiracy and bribery.
The guilty pleas were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Kevin Perkins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Robert H. Pearre, Jr., Inspector General, City of Baltimore Office of Inspector General; Special Agent in Charge Thomas Jankowski of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, Washington, D.C. Field Office; and Colonel William M. Pallozzi, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police.
The DPW’s Bureau of Solid Waste is responsible for managing Baltimore City’s waste management services, including overseeing citizen drop-off centers, such as the Northwest Transfer Station (NWTS) and the Landfill. Baltimore City’s waste management system generates revenue for the City by collecting and selling recyclable scrap metal dumped at the City’s trash collection facilities. The City contracts with private salvage companies to purchase and remove scrap metal from its trash collection facilities. DPW employees at the Landfill and NWTS are required to place the recyclable scrap metal in separate bins provided by the salvage companies. The salvage companies regularly pick up the scrap metal and, based on predetermined prices per ton, the salvage companies pay the City for the value of the scrap metal.
Baltimore City residents can deposit small amounts of trash and/or recyclables in dumpsters located near the main entrance of the Landfill, free of charge. Individuals or companies commercially hauling trash that have registered their vehicles with the City and obtained Landfill permits, as well as Baltimore City residents with larger loads, must deposit their trash in an open area located farther within the Landfill. Commercial haulers of trash that meet certain vehicle weight limitations must, in addition to purchasing a Landfill permit, pay a waste disposal fee of $67.50 per ton of trash deposited at the Landfill.
DPW employees assigned as scale house operators weigh each truck as it enters the Landfill, and record the weight on a computerized point-of-sale system. To activate the system and record a particular transaction, DPW employees must enter the tag number of the truck and a corresponding billing code. The scale house operators reweigh each truck as it leaves the Landfill. The net weight of the deposited trash and the required disposal fee is then calculated and printed on a receipt that is handed to the driver.
According to facts agreed upon by Wilson and Glenn, at times when Wilson drove a truckload of trash to the Landfill, neither he nor Glenn Services was charged a disposal fee. In return, Glenn Services paid scale house employees a bribe of $100 per truckload of trash. After a certain number of unpaid trips, Glenn would arrange for himself or one of his drivers, including Wilson, to meet a scale house operator to pay the balance of the cash bribes.
In a recorded phone conversation on January 23, 2015, Wilson explained to a scale house employee why Glenn Services had not yet paid bribes on dozens of trips to the Landfill. Wilson said he had tried to text the employee using coded language to arrange a meeting, and that he carried the bribery money around in his pocket for so long that he eventually tried to give it back to Glenn, but Glenn insisted that Wilson keep the money until the employee was ready to receive it.
In another recorded phone conversation with the employee on January 29, Wilson said he needed the “numbers for the dinner,” and the employee replied that Glenn Services still owed for 34 trips, or $3,400. In a subsequent call, Wilson confirmed that in addition to paying this amount, Glenn would also pay for the few times Glenn Services was actually charged for dumping (at the FBI’s direction).
On February 1, 2015, Wilson met the employee at a parking lot on Edmondson Avenue in Baltimore City and gave the employee $2,500 in cash. He said that Glenn would give her the rest later in the week, and complained about the times Glenn Services was actually charged a disposal fee, which was a “[c]ouple of them…was like 16, 1700 dollars.”
On April 21, 2015, in a series of phone calls and text messages, the employee told Wilson that Glenn owed for 39 trips since February 1, 2015, plus for five other trips, for a total of $4,400. Wilson arranged a meeting between the employee and Glenn.
On April 23 and 24, Glenn met with the employee, providing a total of $4,000 in cash for 40 trips to the Landfill. Also during the meetings, they agreed to deal directly with each other without going through Wilson or Tamara Washington, another DPW employee, and to try to meet more regularly every time Glenn’s drivers made 10 trips to the Landfill.
From July 1, 2014 to May 1, 2015, Wilson fraudulently gave and agreed to participate in giving DPW employees cash payments in lieu of paying waste disposal fees that totaled more than $5,000.
Glenn and Wilson face a maximum sentence of five years in prison for the conspiracy and 10 years in prison for bribery. U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis has scheduled sentencing for Glenn on January 15, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. and for Wilson on January 12, 2016, at 9:30 a.m.
Former DPW employees Tamara Oliver Washington, age 55, and William Charles Nemec, Sr., age 55, both of Baltimore; and commercial haulers Larry Lowry, age 61, of Orchard Beach, Maryland; Mustafa Sharif, age 63, of Baltimore; and Adam Williams, Jr., age 52, of Randallstown, have pleaded guilty to their participation in the bribery scheme. Nemec and another DPW employee, Michael Theodore Bennett, age 46, also of Baltimore, have pleaded guilty to a related “junking” scheme. Washington and Nemec have each agreed to the entry of an order to pay $6 million in restitution, and Bennett agreed to the entry of an order to pay restitution of $526,273. Sharif, Williams and Lowry have agreed to the entry of an order to forfeit and pay restitution of $500,000, $900,000, and $350,000, respectively.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the FBI, IRS-CI, Baltimore Office of Inspector General, and Maryland State Police for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Martin J. Clarke, who is prosecuting the case.