Perry Hall Man Convicted in Biodiesel Fraud Case
by Timothy B. Wheeler (Baltimore Sun) A federal jury convicted a Perry Hall man Monday of wire fraud and money laundering for selling $9 million worth of bogus biodiesel credits to commodities brokers and oil companies — a case that has shaken the nation’s renewable-fuel industry and prompted congressional inquiries about the adequacy of federal oversight.
Rodney R. Hailey, 33, founder of Clean Green Fuel, could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison on each of eight counts of wire fraud, 10 years for each of 32 money-laundering counts and two years each for the two counts of violating the Clean Air Act. U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr., ordered Hailey taken into custody and set sentencing for Oct. 11.
…Although Hailey told inspectors from the Environmental Protection Agency that he had made the fuel from waste cooking oil collected from 2,700 restaurants in the Delmarva region, prosecutors alleged he didn’t produce a single gallon. READ MORE