Illegal sewage dumping draws prison term for company owner

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The owner of a Southern California portable toilets business has been sentenced to prison for illegally dumping waste to avoid fees.

The San Diego Union-Tribune says a federal judge on Wednesday sentenced Diamond Environmental Services owner Arie Eric De Jong III to five months in prison, a fine and three years of probation.

Prosecutors say the company illegally emptied its trucks into municipal sewer systems in San Diego, San Marcos, Fullerton, Perris and Huntington Park instead of using specially designated facilities and paying fees.

Two other company executives have received five-year probationary terms in connection to the case, and the three defendants combined were ordered to pay a fine of $2.64 million and $2.25 million in restitution to five sanitation agencies.

The company also forfeited $2.2 million in illegal profits.

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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.utsandiego.com

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