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RIN Fraud, E-Waste Called Key Issues for DOJ Environmental Crimes Division

Cases involving the fraudulent use of renewable identification numbers (RINs) attached to biofuels and the illegal export of electronic waste (e-waste) are becoming major areas for the Justice Department's (DOJ) environmental crimes section, an agency official said. Kris Dighe, assistant chief of the section, said the DOJ is cracking down on “RIN fraud” by charging suspects with wire fraud, mail fraud, violations of the Clean Air Act and making false statements, among other things. Dighe spoke at a Nov. 6 conference in Lansing, Mich., sponsored by the environmental law section of the Michigan State Bar and the East and West Michigan Chapters of the Air & Waste Management Association. He cited a recent case in Indiana in which six people and three companies were charged in connection with an alleged scheme to purchase fuel stripped of its RINs—certificates for tax credit that are issued with biodiesel production—and resell the fuel to customers as biodiesel with associated tax credits. DOJ listed 88 counts of offenses in connection with the alleged scheme.

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