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VW Bosses Coached Me to Lie, Jailed Manager Tells U.S. Judge
December 4, 2017 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Christie Smythe (Bloomberg Technology)  (Oliver) Schmidt to be sentenced on Dec. 6 over emissions scandal; ‘Regrettably, I agreed to follow it’; faces 7 years in prison  —  … 
In a letter to the judge last week, …

Embattled Utah Biofuel Company with Polygamous Ties Should Pay Millions for Breach of Contract, Jury Says
December 4, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Paighten Harkins (Salt Lake Tribune)  A Box Elder County biofuel company fined for exploiting federal tax credits by importing fuels they claimed they produced may pay millions to one such importer after the company …

Pruitt Wants RIN Fraud Crackdown
October 30, 2017 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt called for “some reforms” to the program under the Renewable Fuel Standard through which companies buy credits to comply with biofuels mandates during a Sunday radio …

Stanfield Biodiesel Plant Was a Scam
October 4, 2017 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(My Columbia Basin)  The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services is fining Robert D. “Bob” Doughty and his companies for bilking investors of $250,000. Officials say the Ontario man with a Stanfield connection is fined …

Edmonton Biofuel Businessman Fined for Breaching Securities Laws
August 21, 2017 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Jonny Wakefield (Edmonton Journal)  An Edmonton businessman has settled with the province’s securities regulator after admitting to misleading investors.  On Thursday, the Alberta Securities Commission announced it concluded a settlement agreement with David Gregor …

Acton Couple Arrested for Defrauding the Treasury Department of Over $50 Million in Tax Free Energy Grants
August 15, 2017 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  An Acton couple was arrested today and charged with defrauding the U.S. Treasury Department of more than $50 million in tax free energy grants as part of the American Recovery and …

Biofuel Fraudster Faces 2 to 22 Years
August 7, 2017 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (West Central Tribune)   It will likely be November before an Iowa biofuels promoter is sentenced after ultimately pleading guilty to federal fraud charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Darrell Duane …

New York Man Pleads Guilty to Multi-State Biodiesel Fraud Scheme
August 4, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Department of Justice)  Andre Bernard, of Mount Kisco, New York, pleaded guilty today for his participation in a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling biodiesel credits and fraudulently claiming …

Senior Politicians under Probe for Illegal Ethanol Imports – Nkaissery
July 7, 2017 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Kurgat Marindany (The Star, Kenya)  Several senior politicians are being investigated for the illegal importation of ethanol, Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery has said. Nkaissery said on Saturday that security agencies have profiled several senior politicians alleged …

EPA Warned Fiat Chrysler about Diesel Defeat Devices in 2015
June 20, 2017 – 11:59 pm | No Comment

by Richard Read (WSET/The Car Connection)  In February, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ CEO, Sergio Marchionne, warned investors that his company could soon face a Dieselgate crisis of its own.
As it turns out, Marchionne had plenty of …

Biofuel Case: $4.5M for Investors under Federal Settlement
June 12, 2017 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Amy (Fox Business/Associated Press)   A federal judge has approved a $4.5 million settlement for private shareholders of failed biofuel maker KiOR, and a lawsuit by the state of Mississippi seeking to recover a …

NYC Investigators Raid Brooklyn Offices of Heating Oil Giant in Fraud Probe
May 31, 2017 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Greg B. Smith (New York Daily News)  City investigators looking into fraud in the heating oil industry raided one of the biggest players in town Thursday, seizing computers and boxes of documents.
The city Business …

UK Pension Scheme in Hot Water over Investments in Failed Jersey Biofuel Company
May 10, 2017 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, pension scheme provider James Hay is in hot water over a Jersey-based biofuels company known as Elysian Fuels after clients invested $70 million in retirement savings between …

Business and Consumers Will Both Lose if Renewable Fuel Standard Is Changed
May 8, 2017 – 8:29 pm | No Comment

by Max McBrayer (The Hill/RaceTrac Petroleum)  …   My perspective comes from over 30 years in the fuels business. Currently, I am chief supply officer of RaceTrac Petroleum, a fuel retailer and operator of more than …

Owners of Biofuel Company Indicted on Conspiracy and False Statement Charges
May 4, 2017 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  A Pennsylvania biofuel producer and two of its officers have been indicted on conspiracy and false statements charges for participating in a scheme that generated over $10 million in U.S. Environmental …

Biofuels Promoter Faces Federal Fraud Charges
May 2, 2017 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek)  An Iowa biofuels promoter who came to North Dakota in 2012 and sought investments in factories, including a proposed beets-to-ethanol plant Grafton, N.D., has been accused of violating federal wire fraud, …

N.J. Man Sentenced to 5 Years Prison for Biodiesel Fraud
April 10, 2017 – 9:25 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  The owner of a New Jersey feedstock processor was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in a scheme that generated fraudulent tax and renewable fuel credits, the U.S. Department of Justice …

MIT Study Estimates That VW’s Dieselgate Scandal Will Send 1,200 Europeans To An Early Grave
March 8, 2017 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

by David Tracy (Jalopnik)  In 2015, Researchers from MIT, Harvard and Hasselt University (in Belgium) estimated that VW’s 482,000 cheating diesels would lead to an estimated 59 premature deaths in the U.S. Now some of those …

Attorney: $50M Biofuel Tax Scam Charges Should Be Dismissed
February 27, 2017 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Rudy Miller (Lehigh Valley Live)  The attorney for a man charged with participating in a $50 million biofuel scam says the charges should be dismissed because his client got bad legal advice.
David Dunham, of Bethlehem, allegedly …

New Investigative Report Launched on Nidera’s Biofuels Trading Loss
February 8, 2017 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A new investigative report has been unveiled revealing more information about Nideria’s biofuels trading loss, often dubbed as one of the biggest scandals in the history of the Dutch market.
Last year, the Dutch …

US Man Goes to Prison for Biodiesel Tax Fraud Scheme
February 3, 2017 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A Washington man was sentenced this week for laundering more than $39 million for a company that bilked federal programs supporting renewable energy, according to Tri-City Herald.
Richard Estes, 77, was part of a …

How Fiat Chrysler’s Diesel Woes Differ from Massive VW Scandal
January 13, 2017 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Brent Snavely and Nathan Bomey (Detroit Free Press)  The U.S. EPA said Thursday it notified Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of Clean Air Act violations for the diesel emissions of 104,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and Ram 1500 …

EPA Seeks to Ban Genscape from Verifying Renewable Fuel Credits
January 5, 2017 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to revoke Genscape’s ability to verify biofuels compliance credits after regulators say it failed to detect a massive fraud perpetrated by companies …

Volkswagen to Recall 83,000 3.0 Liter Diesel Vehicles and Fund Mitigation Projects to Settle Allegations of Cheating Emissions Tests on Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche Vehicles
December 20, 2016 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Settlement requires Volkswagen to offer to buy back older vehicles, and spend $225 million to mitigate NOx pollution. Volkswagen will also repair newer vehicles to comply with the standards to which they …

Closing Arguments Begin in Yearslong Biofuel Fraud Case
December 15, 2016 – 9:25 pm | No Comment

by Ouch Sony (Cambodian Daily)  Prosecutor asks for conviction for military general alongside U.K. businessman  —  … Mr. (Gregg) Fryett and his Cambodian-American associates Um Sam Ang and Soeun Denny, and Cambodian Ouk Keo Ratanak, were …

CEO of Publicly Traded Company along with Two Others Sent to Federal Prison
December 6, 2016 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(Department of Justice)  Defrauded biodiesel purchasers and shareholders   —  United States Attorney Josh Minkler and Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division announced today the …

Employee of Biofuel Feedstock Company Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy
December 1, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  An employee of a New Jersey feedstock collector and processor pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in a scheme to alter and destroy documents following the company’s receipt of a …

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 5, The Collapse
November 25, 2016 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In 2011, KiOR raised $150 million in its June IPO, claiming that it was generating yields of 67 gallons per ton in its Demo unit operations. But it was miles …

Wealthy Florida Businessmen Sentenced to 10-Plus Years in Prison for Biofuel Scam
November 9, 2016 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Brett Murphy ( Naples Daily News)  A federal judge sentenced two Florida men to 10-plus years in prison for their part in a $46 million scheme that defrauded government agencies and the renewable energy industry …

Mwatate Police Impound 180 Drums of Illegal Ethanol
November 4, 2016 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Renson Mnyamwezi  (Standard Digital)  Police in Mwatate have seized 45,000 litres of ethanol alleged to be imported from Tanzania. Acting on a tip, police at Mwatate Divisional Police Headquarters along the Taveta-Mwatate road flagged down …

EACC Detectives Unearth Fraud at Raila’s Company
October 20, 2016 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Samuel Messo (Tuko)  Detectives have exposed details of an undercover operation that discovered fishy ethanol dealings associated with a company owned by Raila Odinga’s company;  The EACC detectives followed vehicles that had left the company in …

Owners of Biofuel Company Plead Guilty to Conspiracy and Fraud Charges
October 13, 2016 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  The owners of an Indiana biofuel producer pleaded guilty to conspiracy, fraud and false statements for participating in a scheme that generated over $60 million in fraudulent tax credits and U.S. …

U.S. Files Complaint, Announces Settlement to Address Alleged Renewable Fuel Standard Violations by NGL Crude Logistics and Western Dubuque Biodiesel
October 5, 2016 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice today announced the filing of a complaint against NGL Crude Logistics, LLC and Western Dubuque Biodiesel, LLC and a settlement …

Chemoil Must Pay Largest Settlement in History of EPA’s Fuel Programs
September 30, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(Farm Futures)  EPA and DOJ allege Chemoil exported biodiesel, but failed to retire RINs.  —  Chemoil Corporation is required to retire 65 million renewable fuel credits to resolve alleged violations of the Renewable Fuel Standard …

SEC Charges Alternative Fuels Company and Former Executive for Key Omissions Regarding Technology
September 29, 2016 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission)  On September 26, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Texas-based Mard, Inc., formerly known as KiOR, Inc., (“KiOR”), and its former CEO and President Fred Cannon for failing to …

USDOJ: Owner of Biofuel Company Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy and Obstruction
September 29, 2016 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(MediaAlerts)  The owner and manager of a New Jersey feedstock collector and processor pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction for his role in a scheme that generated over $6 million in fraudulent tax credits and …

RFA President Says There’s No Ethanol Fraud In RINS Program
September 26, 2016 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(WNAX)  A report out by a former EPA official says that the RINS market or renewable identification numbers may be ripe for fraud or abuse. In order to comply with the RFS, refiners are required …

Murky Biofuel Market Vulnerable to Fraud, Former EPA Cop Warns
September 20, 2016 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Earth & Water Group/Bloomberg) — A program to boost the use of biofuels in the U.S. has become vulnerable to scams that have bilked victims out of nearly $1 billion so …

Feature: Could a RINs Market Probe Fuel RFS Reforms?
August 25, 2016 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Brian Scheid and Herman Wang (Platts)  Growing pressure for a federal probe of the opaque market underpinning the Renewable Fuel Standard could bolster efforts to dramatically reform the landmark biofuels policy.
Earlier this month, billionaire investor …

Renewable Fuels Deserve a Place at the Pump
August 23, 2016 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Talent (The American Spectator)  The case for alternative energy done right.  —  … No other policy has so effectively undermined the international oil cartel that seeks to profit from our dependence on oil.
Today, ethanol …

Securities Fraud Related to Biodiesel Fraud Scheme Convicted in Jury Trial
August 17, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler for the Southern District of Indiana announced today the guilty verdict after an eight-day jury trial of Jeffrey Wilson of Evansville, Indiana, who was charged with …

Misguided Energy Mandates Fueling Higher Prices
August 15, 2016 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Nicolas Loris (The Heritage Foundation/The Intelligencer) … President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 into law and expanded it in 2007. The RFS, which originated with that act, mandates that refiners mix …

A $2.7 Billion Missed Opportunity
July 22, 2016 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  For any level of funding, more near-zero NOx technologies may find their way on the road and at work with clean diesel than other technologies.  —  The Volkswagen settlement may be the …

Three U.S. States Plan Lawsuits over Volkswagen Diesel Pollution
July 19, 2016 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  Three U.S. states plan to unveil new lawsuits against Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) on Tuesday tied to the automaker’s sale of diesel vehicles with emissions-cheating software, even after they announced settlements with …

Three Years in Prison for Former Director of FF Skagen
July 6, 2016 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Egon Kjøller (NORDJYSKE.dk)  Fraud fish oil. There was added biodiesel designated as unsuitable as feed and food. The judgment appealed the acquittal  —  Morten Broberg was accused of having produced and sold 172,500 tonnes …

Cheating Fuel Retailers Come under Scrutiny
July 1, 2016 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Yuthana Priawan  (Bangkok Post)  More adulterated fuel sold as oil gets cheaper.  —  A substantial rise in fuel consumption as the oil price collapsed has coincided with a rise in the sale of adulterated …

CEO of Former Michigan Biofuels Company Charged with $2 Million Tax Scheme
June 30, 2016 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Emily Monacelli (Michigan Live)  The chief executive of a former Southwest Michigan biofuels company has been indicted in what federal prosecutors allege was a scheme to defraud the government out of $2 million in …

Volkswagen’s Diesel Settlement Will Fund Range of Clean Air Efforts
June 28, 2016 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by David Shepardson and Joel Schectman (Reuters)  German automaker Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) will pay more than $15.3 billion to settle charges that it cheated on U.S. diesel emissions tests, an agreement that will fund buybacks for …

Two Florida Men Plead Guilty to Multi-State Biodiesel Fraud Scheme
June 27, 2016 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  Thomas Davanzo, of Estero, Florida, and Robert Fedyna, of Naples, Florida, pleaded guilty today for their participation in a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling …

Audi Volkswagen Taiwan Fined for False Advertising
May 26, 2016 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(Taipai Times/CNA)  Audi Volkswagen Taiwan Co (奧迪福斯汽車) has been fined NT$5 million (US$153,130) over false advertising in relation to the emissions levels of two of its models, the Fair Trade Commission said yesterday.
Advertisements in an …

Suzuki Says Discrepancies Mar Japanese Emissions Testing
May 19, 2016 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(Law 360)   Suzuki Motor Corp. on Wednesday said an internal investigation prompted by regulatory scrutiny over emissions and fuel efficiency standards has shown “discrepancies” in the testing methods used for 16 car models sold …

VW, Porsche Seek To Escape Feds’ Emissions Suit
May 18, 2016 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Dani Meyer (Law 360)  Volkswagen and Porsche separately urged a California federal court Monday to toss the government’s allegations that the automakers cheated emissions standards, with Volkswagen arguing that the suit doesn’t show it …

AP Interview: Corruption Probe Holds Lessons for Monaco
April 1, 2016 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Angela Charlton (Associated Press/Washington Post)  Monaco’s government says it’s investigating how an alleged vast oil corruption scandal involving a Monaco-based company long went unnoticed, even though the principality has opened up its financial sector …

EPA Teams with CFTC on Monitoring RIN Trade
March 18, 2016 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission enter into this Memorandum of Understanding to address the sharing of information, including proprietary business information “PBI,” in …

Illegal UCO Cartels Hinder Biofuel Program: Observers
March 16, 2016 – 10:47 am | No Comment

by Anton Hermansyah (The Jakarta Post)  The illegal activity of passing off used cooking oil (UCO) as non-brand cooking oil (NBCO), which is allegedly becoming widespread on a massive scale in the country, may be disrupting …

Biofuel or Biofraud? The Vast Taxpayer Cost of Failed Cellulosic and Algal Biofuels
March 14, 2016 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Almuth Ernsting (Independent Science News) … The disastrous experience with Fischer-Tropsch biofuels is just one part of a much larger failure of cellulosic and algal biofuels, on which billions of dollars of public subsidies have been …

Houston Man Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison for Biodiesel Fraud Scheme
March 8, 2016 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  Philip Joseph Rivkin, aka Felipe Poitan Arriaga, was sentenced today in Houston, Texas, to 121 months in prison, three years of supervised release and to pay more than $87 million in …

‘Dodgy Diesel’ Threatens EU Green Fuel Market
March 8, 2016 – 7:50 pm | No Comment

by Matt McGrath (BBC)  There are growing concerns that cheap imports of biodiesel from Poland could wreck the European market in biofuels. All diesel sold in the EU needs to contain a percentage of fuel made …

Biofuel Company with Polygamous Ties Spent Big on Utah Politicians even as Frauds Were Found
February 15, 2016 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Nate Carlisle and Brian Maffly (The Salt Lake Tribune)  Federal agents raided offices of Washakie and Kingstons amid claims the company hasn’t actually manufactured its own biofuels.  —  The storage tanks Washakie Renewable Energy …

US Files Civil Complaint against VW for Clean Air Act Violations
February 9, 2016 – 8:37 pm | No Comment

(Biodiesel Magazine/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the U.S. EPA, filed a civil complaint Jan. 4 in federal court in Detroit, Michigan, against Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Volkswagen Group …

South Korea Planning To File Charges Against Volkswagen Exec: Report
January 20, 2016 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Michael Ballaban (Jalopnik)  1st Gear: Criminal Charges Coming Against Volkswagen’s People  —  We haven’t seen much by the way of actual, personal, criminal consequences for Volkswagen executives, but the first round of charges coming down …

Sh288 Million Ethanol, Sh56 Million Contraband Sugar Seized in Mombasa
January 19, 2016 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Nancy Agutu and Elkana Jacob (The Star) Ethanol worth Sh288 million and contraband sugar valued at Sh56 million were seized in Mombasa between October and December 2015, the EACC has said.
The ethanol in 64 containers …

This Couple Is Driving Cross-Country To Return Their Polluting Jetta To VW Headquarters
January 18, 2016 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by David Tracy (Jalopnik) Upset that Volkswagen deceived them into buying a not-so-clean diesel, Marcus Moench and Elisabeth Caspari are driving from Colorado to VW’s headquarters in Virginia to return their Jetta SportWagen TDI and drop …

FOS Orders IFA to Pay Redress over Sipp Biofuel Investment
January 13, 2016 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

by Charles Walmsley (CityWire)  The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has ordered a Rugby-based advice firm to compensate a client who invested a £13,700 pension pot in unregulated biofuel scheme Sustainable AgroEnergy.
Sustainable AgroEnergy invested in jatropha oil, …

Facing U.S. Storm, VW Set for Easier Ride in Europe on Emissions Scandal
January 11, 2016 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Barbara Lewis and Kirstin Ridley (Reuters) Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) is unlikely to face U.S.-style fines in Europe over its emissions scandal because of a softer regulatory regime and its home country Germany’s determination to protect its …

Lehigh Valley Biofuel Entrepreneurs Charged in $50M Federal Scam
December 22, 2015 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Kurt Bresswein (Lehigh Valley Live)  The owners of a Lehigh Valley company are accused of scamming taxpayers out of about $50 million in payments, subsidies and other benefits paid out for purportedly turning cooking …

VW Staff Began Working on Cheat in 2005 to Break into U.S. Market
December 11, 2015 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by David Rising and Kerstin Sopke (The Washington Post/Associated Press)  A small group of Volkswagen engineers began working as early as 2005 on emissions cheating software after they were unable to find a technical solution …

Big Oil Let Off Hook Days After EU Drops Wall Street Probe
December 8, 2015 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Aoife White, Stephanie Bodoni, Peter Levring, Gaspard Sebag (Bloomberg)  Royal Dutch Shell Plc, BP Plc and Statoil ASA no longer face an European Union investigation into potential manipulation of fuel benchmarks, the regulator indicated on Monday.
Days after …

Volkswagen Allocates 20 Billion Bridge Loan to 13 Banks: Sources
December 3, 2015 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Arno Schuetze (Reuters)  Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) has split a 20 billion euro ($21.1 billion) bridge loan between 13 banks to help shoulder the costs of its emissions scandal, two people familiar with the matter said.
Eight banks …

EPA Says Volkswagen Cheated a 2nd Time on Pollution Tests
November 3, 2015 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Matthew Daly and Tom Krisher (Associated Press/Washington Post)  … The Environmental Protection Agency, along with the California Air Resources Board, said Volkswagen installed software on thousands of Audi, Porsche and VW cars with six-cylinder diesel engines …

A Message For EPA: Get Real on Emissions and Clean Fuels!
October 23, 2015 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Doug Durante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  In the aftermath of revelations of how Volkswagen had their thumb on the scale as they cheated not just the EPA, but all of us who breathe …

Uncertainty for Alleged Fraud in the Biodiesel Plant Barajas de Melo
October 22, 2015 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

(El Dario (Google translation))  …  “What matters to Barajas de Melo and all its neighbors is that this plant is definitely over. They take four or five years building it and are talking about an …

Sugar Mills Face Cartelisation Heat
October 21, 2015 – 9:50 am | No Comment

by Shreya Jai & Deepak Patel (Business Standard)  CCI investigation finds proof of collusion in selling ethanol to oil marketing companies  —  The Ethanol Blending Programme of the Centre to cut its fuel import bill …

Ethanol Fraud Goes on with Impunity
October 5, 2015 – 10:49 pm | No Comment

by David O. Berger (St. Louis Today)  … And, of course, whenever big business and big government collude, as is the case in the ethanol industry, the financial players get into the game, buying and selling ethanol …

VW Scandal: Time for German Industry to Abandon Its Arrogance
October 1, 2015 – 12:37 am | No Comment

by Armin Mahler (Der Spiegel)  Made in Germany isn’t the seal of quality it used to be. Arrogance and complacency are widespread in Germany industry, with Volkswagen becoming just the most recent example. For the German …

Suspected Biodiesel Fraud Scheme on 3 Continents Puts Man before Portland Jury
September 29, 2015 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Denson (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)  Jack Holden is either a big-dreaming businessman whose failure to cash in on the biodiesel wave separated investors from more than $1 million, or he’s a skilled con man …

Third Person Sentenced in Las Vegas for International Biofuel Fraud Conspiracy
September 29, 2015 – 10:45 am | No Comment

(Federal Bureau of Investigation)  Alex Jariv, 28, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced today in federal court to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release for his role in illegal schemes to …

We Should Not Be Surprised about Volkswagen’s “Diesel-Gate”
September 29, 2015 – 10:12 am | No Comment

by Bill Brandon (Biofuels Digest) Fooling with computers to give false readings has happened before. It is important to recognize similarities to earlier cases and EPA’s role in them.
The 1998 consent decree
In October 1998, the DOJ …

NOxgate Expands: 93% of Diesel Vehicles Tested Fail to Meet Euro 6 NOx Emission Standards; Average Is 7 Times over the Limit
September 29, 2015 – 10:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The VW crisis just keeps getting worse, with Volkswagen suspending its VW, Audi, and Porsche R&D chiefs, as Audi confirmed that 2.1 million of its vehicles were outfitted with defeat devices, …

VW Scandal Raises Doubts over Clean Diesel and Lab-Based Emissions Testing
September 28, 2015 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) On September 22, Volkswagen Motors (VW) admitted that it had cheated on emissions testing in Europe and the United States, by installing a piece of software known as a ‘defeat device’ …

Your Guide To Dieselgate: Volkswagen’s Diesel Cheating Catastrophe
September 21, 2015 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Patrick George (Jalopnik)  Yes, it’s a catastrophe. There’s no other way to describe the allegations from the Environmental Protection Agency that Volkswagen cheated on their emissions tests with nearly half a million TDI diesel …

EPA Says VW Running Massive Clean Air Scam via Jettas, Audis, Passats
September 21, 2015 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, EPA issued a notice of violation of the Clean Air Act to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. alleging that four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel …

Dean And Brenda Daniels To Prison For Biodiesel Fraud
August 28, 2015 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(Southwest Florida Online)  Dean Daniels, 52, Richard Smith, 57, Brenda Daniels, 45 and William Bradley, 58, all of Florida, pleaded guilty and were sentenced today in U.S. district court for charges related to a scheme …

Two Men Sentenced and Another Pleads Guilty in Las Vegas in International Biofuels Fraud Scheme
August 7, 2015 – 10:53 am | No Comment

(US Federal Bureau of Investigation)  James Jariv, 64, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced in federal court in Las Vegas today to ten years in prison for his role in illegal schemes to generate fraudulent …

Ethanol and Biodiesel: Guilty as Charged
July 14, 2015 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Paul Driessen (Town Hall) … The tale of Philip Joseph Rivkin (aka Felipe Poitan Arriaga) reveals an equally disgusting aspect of the mandate, resulting from the absurdly complex Renewable Identification Number (RIN) system devised by EPA …

Couple Found Guilty of Stealing Money for Biodiesel Plant
July 14, 2015 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

(WBIR)  A Knoxville couple is found guilty of taking grant money to create a bio diesel plant, then spending it on themselves.
John Brichetto, CEO of Northington Energy, and his wife, Lisa Horn-Brichetto, were each charged …

Leaked Tape Recordings Unearth the Depth of the New Scandal at Mumias Sugar Company
June 30, 2015 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Paul Wafula (Standard Digital News)  A sting operation conducted at Mumias Sugar Company premises has uncovered an elaborate network through which some of the firm’s employees have been colluding with rogue Kenya Revenue Authority …

Biodiesel Fuel Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Fraud and Clean Air Act Crimes Connected to Renewable Fuels Scheme
June 17, 2015 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Philip J. Rivkin faces more than 10 years imprisonment and $51 million in restitution — Philip Joseph Rivkin, a.k.a. Felipe Poitan Arriaga, 50, today pleaded guilty to a Clean Air Act false statement …

EPA Seeks Input on RIN Quality Assurance Plan ICR
June 8, 2015 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA recently published a notice in the Federal Register soliciting public comments on a proposed information collection request (ICR) related to the voluntary renewable identification number (RIN) …

Green Power CEO to Go to Trial for Fraud
May 15, 2015 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by Kristi Pihl (Tri-City Herald)   A serial fraudster charged with swindling investors in his failed Pasco biofuel company will stand trial after all.  U.S. District Court Judge Sal Mendoza Jr. rejected on Thursday a plea …

Three Brothers Plead Guilty to $145 Million Biofuels Fraud Scheme in Indiana
April 30, 2015 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

(Department of Justice)  Chad Ducey, 39, of Fishers, Indiana, pleaded guilty yesterday for his role in a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling biodiesel incentives. His two brothers, Chris …

N.J. Man Charged in Biodiesel Scam Accused of Death Threats, Report Says
April 7, 2015 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Myles Ma (NJ.com)  Prosecutors say a Bergen County man accused in a $90 million biodiesel trading scam threatened to harm or kill anyone who provides evidence against him, the Star Press of Muncie, Ind., …

The Great Algae Robbery
February 27, 2015 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  An arbitration ruling details how Roquette seemingly attempted one of the most brazen intellectual property heists in the history of biotechnology, and almost got away with it.  Today, the story …

Three Convicted in £23m Biofuel Fraud
December 9, 2014 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Peter Walker (FT Advisor)  Three directors were convicted on Friday (5 December) as part of the Serious Fraud Office’s investigation into Sustainable Growth Group’s £23m fraud between April 2011 and February 2012.
Gary Lloyd West, …

Kander Halts Biodiesel Investment Scam
November 11, 2014 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

(Missouri Secretary of State)  Secretary of State Jason Kander today issued a cease and desist order against Boyd A. Ware of Centralia, Mo., and his company, Central Missouri Energy, LLC. According to the order, Ware …

Man in Fake Ethanol Project Pleads Guilty to Fraud
October 31, 2014 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

(The Spokesman-Review)  A Spokane ethanol project promising rich financial returns to dozens of local investors turned out to be a fraud.   The man behind the scheme, 55-year-old businessman Robert J. Braun, pleaded guilty this week …

Co-defendent in Bio-Fuel Scam Pleads Guilty
August 12, 2014 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

by Hugh R. Morley  (The Record/NorthJersey.com)   … A Ridgewood businesswoman has pleaded guilty to a charge that she took part in a $100 million biofuel fraud as a top executive of two Bergen County alternative-energy …

U.S. Invalidates 33.5 Million Renewable Credits After Fraud (1)
December 20, 2013 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem   (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it has invalidated 33.5 million renewable-fuel credits sold by an Indiana company for biofuel it didn’t produce, the fourth time the agency has alleged …

Cellulosic Ethanol, Once the Way of the Future, Is Off to a Delayed, Boisterous Start
November 13, 2013 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  The “now hiring” sign is up online for Emmetsburg, Iowa, where the nation’s largest maker of ethanol used for motor fuel is putting the final touches on a manufacturing …

Abengoa Bioethanol Arm Raided in EU Manipulation Probe
October 10, 2013 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Aoife White (Bloomberg)   Abengoa SA (ABG), owner of continental Europe’s biggest bioethanol plant, said that it’s being investigated as part of the European Union’s antitrust probe into possible manipulation of oil and biofuel prices.
The …

$100M Biodiesel Fraud in Indiana? E-Biofuels Ring Nabbed by Feds
September 19, 2013 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Indiana, federal officials are saying that a group of biodiesel operators associated with E-Biofuels stole nearly $100 million in a fraud scheme, and seven have been arrested in what …

UK to Request Extradition of Biofuel Company’s Chairman
August 28, 2013 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Simon Lewis  (Cambodia Daily)   The U.K.’s fraud office plans to request the extradition of a British national currently detained in Cambodia, after it brought charges against four people for their part in a $36 …

Biofuel Firm CEO Accused of Bilking Investor
August 14, 2013 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by  Annie Youderian (Courthouse News Service)  The former CEO of New Generation Biofuels duped a foreign investor into pumping more than $2 million into the company, and then dumped his own shares and made a “lucrative …

Biofuel Investment Firm Wound up
August 8, 2013 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by John Brazier (Insolvency News)  A company offering investments in an untraceable biofuel project in Mozambique has been wound up by the High Court in the public interest.
Following an investigation by The Insolvency Service, Insight Commodities …

Ethanol RINs Market Explodes
April 24, 2013 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Lack of transparency makes market analysis difficult.
…The ethanol producer’s role in RIN generation is basic: produce the physical gallons and fill in the required information to generate the RINs …

AFPM Welcomes EPA Move to Address Biodiesel Fraud but Greater Fix is Needed
April 19, 2013 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(Wall Street Journal/The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)  The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) and American Petroleum Institute (API) filed comments in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed biofuel Quality Assurance Program.
“EPA’s …

Bio-diesel Fuel Company Owner Sentenced to 188 Months in Federal Prison for Crimes Connected to Illegal Fuels Scheme / Jeffrey Gunselman also fined $175,000 and ordered to pay nearly $55 million in restitution
March 29, 2013 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  Jeffrey David Gunselman, 30, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 188 months in federal prison, fined $175,000 and ordered to pay more than $54.9 million in …

11 Reasons Why You Should Invest in the Biodiesel Industry
March 29, 2013 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine/MarketWire)  Below is breakdown of the latest, sourced information as to why investment in biodiesel is a sound decision written by Ron Kotrba, Editor of Biodiesel Magazine.
1. Jump in on a growing …

Des Moines Company Keeps Tabs on Biofuel Production, Sales
March 12, 2013 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  EcoEngineers tapped by EPA to help audit RFS compliance.
In a small office in the East Village of Des Moines, a handful of engineers and statisticians are hard at work …

Stoel Rives Publishes White Paper on RIN Program Change Proposal
March 6, 2013 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

(Stoel Rives/Biodiesel Magazine)  Stoel Rives LLP, a national energy and biofuels law firm, has published a white paper that provides a comprehensive overview of proposed regulatory changes to the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program, specifically …

Ottawa Ending Biofuels Subsidy over Unfulfilled Industry Promises
February 25, 2013 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Shawn McCarthy (Globe and Mail)  The Conservative government is formally shutting down its controversial biofuels subsidy program, saying companies producing biodiesel have failed to meet ambitious production targets.
In a letter sent Thursday, Natural Resources …

Rodney Hailey Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Prison for Selling $9 Million in Fraudulent Renewable Fuel Credits
February 22, 2013 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Owner of “Clean Green Fuel” falsely claimed his company produced 23 million gallons of renewable fuel
U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Rodney R. Hailey, of Perry Hall, Md., today to …

US EPA’s Byron Bunker Deciphers Biodiesel RIN QAP Proposed Rule
February 13, 2013 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  After U.S. EPA’s much-anticipated renewable identification number (RIN) quality assurance program (QAP) proposed rule was released last week, biodiesel producers and industry stakeholders at the 2013 National Biodiesel Conference & …

U.S. Biodiesel Producers Gain from Tax Reinstatement


, RIN Integrity Programs
January 11, 2013 – 9:16 pm | No Comment

by Janet McGurty (Biofuels Digest)  …Larger producers of biodiesel like Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland get a higher price for their RINs than the producers with smaller balance sheets. For producers outside of the largest, …

CN’s $2.6M Mystery U.S. Trips Never Unloaded Biodiesel
December 5, 2012 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

(CBC News)  A CBC News investigation has uncovered a cross-border mystery involving unexplained shipments of biodiesel tanker cars that were sent back and forth numerous times between Canada and the U.S. by CN Rail but …

EPA Releases Draft QAP Requirements for RIN Validation
November 12, 2012 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has released its draft quality assurance plan requirements as part of its work to restructure the renewable fuel standard program to ensure renewable identification number (RIN) credits generated are valid …

Integration of Biodiesel RIN Verification in the BQ-9000 Program
October 26, 2012 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Pete Moss (Biodiesel Magazine)  BQ-9000 is the gold standard for quality control in the biodiesel industry. The accreditation program was developed by the National Biodiesel Board to ensure better quality in a rapidly growing …

EcoEngineers RIN Program Manages 300 MMgy of Biodiesel Capacity
October 26, 2012 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Baker (EcoEngineeers/Biodiesel Magazine)  Last October, EcoEngineers unveiled its RIN Quality Assurance Program to address RIN fraud that was destabilizing biodiesel RIN markets. At that time, the idea of a RIN QAP was unheard …

Biodiesel Demand, Profitability Sink
October 25, 2012 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  So much biodiesel has been made and sold this year that the federal mandate for use of the biofuel has largely been met, resulting in a sudden loss of …

Integration of Biodiesel RIN Verification in the BQ-9000 Program
October 3, 2012 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Pete Moss (Biodiesel Magazine)  BQ-9000 is the gold standard for quality control in the biodiesel industry. The accreditation program was developed by the National Biodiesel Board to ensure better quality in a rapidly growing …

Minn. Biodiesel Plant First to Pass RIN Integrity Network Audit
August 26, 2012 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Minnesota Soybean Processors is the first biodiesel plant to pass Genscape’s RIN Integrity Network audit.
… The passing of its audit gives MnSP the first green icon on Genscape’s dashboard map of …

EPA to Propose US Biofuel Fraud Fix by End of 2012
August 16, 2012 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Tracy (Hydrocarbon Processing)  …The US Environmental Protection Agency late Tuesday made its first specific promises to address fraud in the alternative fuels market, a signal that months of negotiations with industry representatives are …

RINtrust Program Formed as RFS2 Engineering Review Deadline Nears
July 25, 2012 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Frazier Barnes & Associates (Biodiesel Magazine)  RIN fraud and RIN verification have emerged as key factors in a biodiesel plant’s viability as evidenced by the recent lawsuits for invalid RINs. As a result of …

Former Absolute Fuels CEO Arrested, Criminal Proceedings Begin
July 25, 2012 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Criminal proceedings are underway against Jeffrey David Gunselman, former CEO of Texas-based Absolute Fuels, in U.S. District Court as Judge Sam Cummings filed an official complaint last week authorizing Gunselman’s …

EM Biofuels Announces Rollout of RINPlus(TM)
July 23, 2012 – 10:54 am | No Comment

(MarketWatch)  A Proprietary Renewable Identification Number (RIN) Assurance Program
EM Biofuels, LLC announced today the rollout of RINPlus(TM), a proprietary, web-enabled platform that tracks the origin of each Renewable Identification Number (RIN). RINPlus(TM)( www.RINPLUS.com ) will …

Perry Hall Man Convicted in Biodiesel Fraud Case
July 20, 2012 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

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 …

Fraud Cases Leave Biodiesel Industry Reeling
July 13, 2012 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Timothy B. Wheeler (The Baltimore Sun)  Biodiesel producers told a congressional panel Wednesday that they’re struggling to stay afloat in the aftermath of fraud cases uncovered in Baltimore and Texas, and a spokesman for petroleum …

Maryland Man Convicted in Biodiesel Scam
June 28, 2012 – 7:13 am | No Comment

by Ann E. Marimow (The Washington Post)  A Maryland man was convicted Monday of selling phony bio­diesel credits in a fraud case that has raised concerns about oversight of a renewable fuels program run by the Environmental …

Identifying, Avoiding Scams in Large Biodiesel Project Funding
June 15, 2012 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Peter Brown (Biodiesel Magazine/Euro Marketing Tools Inc.)  Financing large projects that include biodiesel processors, crushers and support equipment has become very complex, attracting a new type of predator with clever tricks to fraudulently divert …

RIN Programs Merge to Stabilize Biodiesel Market
June 14, 2012 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba  (Biodiesel Magazine)  An agreement has been struck between Genscape Inc. and Lee Enterprises Consulting to merge Lee Enterprises’ renewable identification number (RIN) verification program, RIN 9000, into Genscape’s trademarked RIN Integrity Network.
Supported …

FBI Raids Park Ridge Renewable Energy Company
June 5, 2012 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Hugh R. Morley and Linh Tat   (NorthJersey.com)   FBI and local law enforcement officers raided a Montvale home and a Park Ridge building that houses several renewable energy companies Thursday in connection with a probe into fraud in the …

Biodiesel Makers Hope New Audit Program Thaws RIN Market
May 21, 2012 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  Small biodiesel makers hope an outside firm brought in to authenticate fuel production will thaw a renewable identification number (RIN) market chilled by two years of fraud.
Genscape’s RIN Integrity program – set to …

Case No. 3: EPA Issues Green Diesel Violation for 60M Bad RINs
May 2, 2012 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. EPA issued a Notice of Violation to Houston-based Green Diesel LLC April 30 for generating more than 60 million invalid biomass-based diesel (D-Code 4) renewable identification numbers (RINs) …

EPA Levies Administrative Fines for Invalid Biodiesel RINs
April 26, 2012 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has announced the amount of administrative settlements levied against 30 obligated parties and renewable fuel exporters due to the purchase of invalid biodiesel renewable identification numbers (RINs) …

The Serious Fraud Office Launches an Investigation into Sustainable AgroEnergy, Operator of an Unregulated Investment Scheme.
March 29, 2012 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Gavin Lumsden (CityWire)   The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has launched an investigation into Sustainable AgroEnergy, a London-based company that promoted itself to Sipp investors as a specialist in renewable biofuel crops and ‘green oil’ from Asia.
According to Citywire’s New …

National Biodiesel Board Introduces First Phase of RIN Solution
March 14, 2012 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The first phase of the National Biodiesel Board’s measures to help restore integrity to the renewable identification number (RIN) credit market was established yesterday after NBB held a town hall …

National Conference Pinpoints Latest Industry Issues
March 2, 2012 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Upholding RFS2, RIN integrity and expanding mandate lead discussions
The National Biodiesel Conference & Expo took place Feb. 5-8 in Orlando, Fla., where the industry’s latest challenges were laid out: defending the …

Biodiesel RIN Task Force Set, First Meeting Scheduled for Feb. 28
February 29, 2012 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Earlier this month, at the National Biodiesel Conference in Orlando, Fla., National Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe said he and NBB chairman Gary Haer were establishing a task force, comprised …

Firm Says it Was Sold Phony Fuel Credits
November 17, 2011 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(Courthouse News Service)  A fuel distributor claims two companies sold it millions of “fraudulently created, and thus invalid” renewable fuel identification numbers. RIN numbers are part of the U.S. EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard program, to …

EPA May Deem More Biodiesel RINs as Invalid over Alleged Fraud: Lawyer
November 10, 2011 – 10:11 am | No Comment

(Platts)  The US Environmental Protection Agency may end up deeming more biodiesel renewable identification numbers (RINs) as invalid following federal investigations into two companies that allegedly sold RINS without producing the appropriate volumes of biodiesel, …

Closed Bio-Fuel Firm Tried, Failed at Making Own Product
November 3, 2011 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by Walt Nett (Avalanche-Journal/LubbockOnline)  Absolute Fuels tried twice to make biodiesel, but lost money the first time around and couldn’t produce usable fuel the next time, according to information in federal affidavits filed in connection …

Maryland Man Charged with Fraud in Renewable Fuel Scheme
October 4, 2011 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

(GreenMuck.com)  A criminal information was filed today charging Rodney R. Hailey, age 33, of Perry Hall, Maryland, with wire fraud, money laundering and a violation of the Clean Air Act, in connection with a scheme in …

7 Guilty in European Biodiesel Investment Fraud
September 13, 2011 – 9:18 am | No Comment

by The Serious Fraud Office (Biodiesel Magazine)  Seven men are facing jail after being convicted at Ipswich Crown Court for their roles in a boiler-room fraud that pulled in more than £8 million ($12,650,400). The Spanish-based …