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Pennsylvania Man Pleads Guilty to Biodiesel Tax Conspiracy

(U.S. Department of Justice)  A Harrisburg, Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to one count of conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

NGL Crude Logistics LLC Agrees to Pay $25 Million Civil Penalty and to Retire $10 Million in Renewable Fuel Production Credits Under Settlement With United States

(U.S. Department of Justice) The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a settlement with NGL Crude Logistics, LLC that requires the company to retire 36 million

October 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Company Ordered to Pay $31.9M to SEC for Biofuel Fraud

by Dave Stafford (The Indiana Lawyer)  Evansville-based Imperial Petroleum Inc. has been ordered to pay nearly $32 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission after it failed to reply to the SEC’s

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Abengoa, Alcogroup Face Charges of Ethanol Benchmark Rigging: Sources

by Foo Yun Chee (Reuters)  Spanish ethanol producer Abengoa and Belgium peer Alcogroup have been charged by European Union antitrust regulators with rigging ethanol benchmarks and are likely to face fines next

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Ohio Man Gets Five Years for His Role in $47 Million Biofuel Fraud Scheme

by Tim Pearce (Daily Caller)  The owner of a New York-based renewable fuels trading company was sentenced to over five years in prison and fined roughly $26 million Monday for his

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

CEO and CFO of Utah Biodiesel Company and California Businessman Charged in $500 Million Fuel Tax Credit Scheme

(U.S. Department of Justice)  A federal grand jury sitting in the District of Utah has returned an indictment, which was unsealed today, charging the CEO and CFO of Washakie Renewable Energy

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Colorado Business Owner Pleads Guilty to $7 Million Biodiesel Tax Credit Fraud Scheme

(U.S. Department of Justice) A Colorado business owner pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to impair and impede the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for his role in a $7.2 million renewable fuel

August 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Colorado Business Owners Indicted For $7 Million Biodiesel Tax Credit Fraud Scheme

(U.S. Department of Justice)  A federal grand jury for the District of Colorado has returned an indictment, which was unsealed today, charging two Colorado business owners with conspiring to defraud the

June 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Box Elder Tax Increment Program for Biofuels Company Is on Hold

by Mark Shenefelt (Standard-Examiner)  In 2014, the Box Elder County Redevelopment Agency created a $2.5 million, seven-year tax increment program to support expansions planned at the Washakie Renewable Energy plant in

June 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Top 10 Biodiesel Trends 2018: What’s up with the World’s Favorite Advanced Biofuel?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We’ve organized the state of biodiesel into 10 areas of vital interest ranging from the development of markets to the entry of ancillary products and

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump Said to Mull Ways to Boost Biofuel Market Transparency

Mario Parker and Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Bloomberg)  The Environmental Protection Agency plans to ask for advice on whether — and how — to boost the transparency of an opaque $9 billion

May 16, 2018 Read Full Article

California Man Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison for Renewable Fuel Fraud

(U.S. Department of Justice)  Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and United States Attorney Joseph H. Harrington for the Eastern District

May 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Former Volkswagen CEO Indicted Over Emission Testing Scandal

by Sonari Glinton (National Public Radio)  Martin Winterkorn, the former head of Volkswagen, was indicted on Thursday along with five other former VW executives on charges of conspiracy and fraud in

May 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Five Petrol Station Operators Sell Illegal Diesel

(The Portugal News Online)  Five petrol station operators in Portugal that import diesel from Spain are not adding the correct amount of biofuel required by law, leading to a loss to

February 5, 2018 Read Full Article

VW Bosses Coached Me to Lie, Jailed Manager Tells U.S. Judge

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

December 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Embattled Utah Biofuel Company with Polygamous Ties Should Pay Millions for Breach of Contract, Jury Says

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

December 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Pruitt Wants RIN Fraud Crackdown

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

October 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Stanfield Biodiesel Plant Was a Scam

(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

October 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Edmonton Biofuel Businessman Fined for Breaching Securities Laws

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

August 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Acton Couple Arrested for Defrauding the Treasury Department of Over $50 Million in Tax Free Energy Grants

(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

August 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuel Fraudster Faces 2 to 22 Years

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

August 7, 2017 Read Full Article

New York Man Pleads Guilty to Multi-State Biodiesel Fraud Scheme

(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

August 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Senior Politicians under Probe for Illegal Ethanol Imports – Nkaissery

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

July 7, 2017 Read Full Article

EPA Warned Fiat Chrysler about Diesel Defeat Devices in 2015

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

June 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuel Case: $4.5M for Investors under Federal Settlement

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

June 12, 2017 Read Full Article

NYC Investigators Raid Brooklyn Offices of Heating Oil Giant in Fraud Probe

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

May 31, 2017 Read Full Article

UK Pension Scheme in Hot Water over Investments in Failed Jersey Biofuel Company

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

May 10, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Business and Consumers Will Both Lose if Renewable Fuel Standard Is Changed

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

May 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Owners of Biofuel Company Indicted on Conspiracy and False Statement Charges

(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

May 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuels Promoter Faces Federal Fraud Charges

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

May 2, 2017 Read Full Article

N.J. Man Sentenced to 5 Years Prison for Biodiesel Fraud

(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,

April 10, 2017 Read Full Article

MIT Study Estimates That VW’s Dieselgate Scandal Will Send 1,200 Europeans To An Early Grave

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

March 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Attorney: $50M Biofuel Tax Scam Charges Should Be Dismissed

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

February 27, 2017 Read Full Article

New Investigative Report Launched on Nidera’s Biofuels Trading Loss

(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

February 8, 2017 Read Full Article

US Man Goes to Prison for Biodiesel Tax Fraud Scheme

(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

February 3, 2017 Read Full Article

How Fiat Chrysler’s Diesel Woes Differ from Massive VW Scandal

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

January 13, 2017 Read Full Article

EPA Seeks to Ban Genscape from Verifying Renewable Fuel Credits

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

January 5, 2017 Read Full Article

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

(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

December 20, 2016 Read Full Article

Closing Arguments Begin in Yearslong Biofuel Fraud Case

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

December 15, 2016 Read Full Article

CEO of Publicly Traded Company along with Two Others Sent to Federal Prison

(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

December 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Employee of Biofuel Feedstock Company Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy

(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

December 1, 2016 Read Full Article

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 5, The Collapse

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

November 25, 2016 Read Full Article

Wealthy Florida Businessmen Sentenced to 10-Plus Years in Prison for Biofuel Scam

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

November 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Mwatate Police Impound 180 Drums of Illegal Ethanol

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

November 4, 2016 Read Full Article

EACC Detectives Unearth Fraud at Raila’s Company

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

October 20, 2016 Read Full Article

Owners of Biofuel Company Plead Guilty to Conspiracy and Fraud Charges

(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

October 13, 2016 Read Full Article

U.S. Files Complaint, Announces Settlement to Address Alleged Renewable Fuel Standard Violations by NGL Crude Logistics and Western Dubuque Biodiesel

(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

October 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Chemoil Must Pay Largest Settlement in History of EPA’s Fuel Programs

(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

September 30, 2016 Read Full Article

SEC Charges Alternative Fuels Company and Former Executive for Key Omissions Regarding Technology

(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

September 29, 2016 Read Full Article

USDOJ: Owner of Biofuel Company Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy and Obstruction

(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

September 29, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

RFA President Says There’s No Ethanol Fraud In RINS Program

(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

September 26, 2016 Read Full Article

Murky Biofuel Market Vulnerable to Fraud, Former EPA Cop Warns

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

September 20, 2016 Read Full Article

Feature: Could a RINs Market Probe Fuel RFS Reforms?

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

August 25, 2016 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Deserve a Place at the Pump

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

August 23, 2016 Read Full Article

Securities Fraud Related to Biodiesel Fraud Scheme Convicted in Jury Trial

(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,

August 17, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Misguided Energy Mandates Fueling Higher Prices

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

August 15, 2016 Read Full Article

A $2.7 Billion Missed Opportunity

(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

July 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Three U.S. States Plan Lawsuits over Volkswagen Diesel Pollution

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

July 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Three Years in Prison for Former Director of FF Skagen

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

July 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Cheating Fuel Retailers Come under Scrutiny

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

July 1, 2016 Read Full Article

CEO of Former Michigan Biofuels Company Charged with $2 Million Tax Scheme

by Emily Monacelli (Michigan Live)  The chief executive of a former Southwest Michigan biofuels company has been indicted in what

June 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Volkswagen’s Diesel Settlement Will Fund Range of Clean Air Efforts

by David Shepardson and Joel Schectman (Reuters)  German automaker Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) will pay more than $15.3 billion to settle charges

June 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Two Florida Men Plead Guilty to Multi-State Biodiesel Fraud Scheme

(U.S. Department of Justice)  Thomas Davanzo, of Estero, Florida, and Robert Fedyna, of Naples, Florida, pleaded guilty today for their

June 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Audi Volkswagen Taiwan Fined for False Advertising

(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

May 26, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Suzuki Says Discrepancies Mar Japanese Emissions Testing

(Law 360)   Suzuki Motor Corp. on Wednesday said an internal investigation prompted by regulatory scrutiny over emissions and fuel

May 19, 2016 Read Full Article

VW, Porsche Seek To Escape Feds’ Emissions Suit

by Dani Meyer (Law 360)  Volkswagen and Porsche separately urged a California federal court Monday to toss the government’s allegations

May 18, 2016 Read Full Article

AP Interview: Corruption Probe Holds Lessons for Monaco

by Angela Charlton (Associated Press/Washington Post)  Monaco’s government says it’s investigating how an alleged vast oil corruption scandal involving a

April 1, 2016 Read Full Article

EPA Teams with CFTC on Monitoring RIN Trade

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission enter into this

March 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Illegal UCO Cartels Hinder Biofuel Program: Observers

by Anton Hermansyah (The Jakarta Post)  The illegal activity of passing off used cooking oil (UCO) as non-brand cooking oil (NBCO),

March 16, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuel or Biofraud? The Vast Taxpayer Cost of Failed Cellulosic and Algal Biofuels

by Almuth Ernsting (Independent Science News) … The disastrous experience with Fischer-Tropsch biofuels is just one part of a much larger failure

March 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Houston Man Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison for Biodiesel Fraud Scheme

(U.S. Department of Justice)  Philip Joseph Rivkin, aka Felipe Poitan Arriaga, was sentenced today in Houston, Texas, to 121 months

March 8, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

‘Dodgy Diesel’ Threatens EU Green Fuel Market

by Matt McGrath (BBC)  There are growing concerns that cheap imports of biodiesel from Poland could wreck the European market

March 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuel Company with Polygamous Ties Spent Big on Utah Politicians even as Frauds Were Found

by Nate Carlisle and Brian Maffly (The Salt Lake Tribune)  Federal agents raided offices of Washakie and Kingstons amid claims

February 15, 2016 Read Full Article

US Files Civil Complaint against VW for Clean Air Act Violations

(Biodiesel Magazine/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the U.S. EPA, filed a civil complaint

February 9, 2016 Read Full Article

South Korea Planning To File Charges Against Volkswagen Exec: Report

by Michael Ballaban (Jalopnik)  1st Gear: Criminal Charges Coming Against Volkswagen’s People  —  We haven’t seen much by the way of

January 20, 2016 Read Full Article

Sh288 Million Ethanol, Sh56 Million Contraband Sugar Seized in Mombasa

by Nancy Agutu and Elkana Jacob (The Star) Ethanol worth Sh288 million and contraband sugar valued at Sh56 million were seized

January 19, 2016 Read Full Article

This Couple Is Driving Cross-Country To Return Their Polluting Jetta To VW Headquarters

by David Tracy (Jalopnik) Upset that Volkswagen deceived them into buying a not-so-clean diesel, Marcus Moench and Elisabeth Caspari are driving

January 18, 2016 Read Full Article

FOS Orders IFA to Pay Redress over Sipp Biofuel Investment

by Charles Walmsley (CityWire)  The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has ordered a Rugby-based advice firm to compensate a client who invested

January 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Facing U.S. Storm, VW Set for Easier Ride in Europe on Emissions Scandal

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

January 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Lehigh Valley Biofuel Entrepreneurs Charged in $50M Federal Scam

by Kurt Bresswein (Lehigh Valley Live)  The owners of a Lehigh Valley company are accused of scamming taxpayers out of

December 22, 2015 Read Full Article

VW Staff Began Working on Cheat in 2005 to Break into U.S. Market

by David Rising and Kerstin Sopke (The Washington Post/Associated Press)  A small group of Volkswagen engineers began working as early

December 11, 2015 Read Full Article

Big Oil Let Off Hook Days After EU Drops Wall Street Probe

by Aoife White, Stephanie Bodoni, Peter Levring, Gaspard Sebag (Bloomberg)  Royal Dutch Shell Plc, BP Plc and Statoil ASA no longer face an

December 8, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Volkswagen Allocates 20 Billion Bridge Loan to 13 Banks: Sources

by Arno Schuetze (Reuters)  Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) has split a 20 billion euro ($21.1 billion) bridge loan between 13 banks to help

December 3, 2015 Read Full Article

EPA Says Volkswagen Cheated a 2nd Time on Pollution Tests

by Matthew Daly and Tom Krisher (Associated Press/Washington Post)  … The Environmental Protection Agency, along with the California Air Resources Board, said

November 3, 2015 Read Full Article

A Message For EPA: Get Real on Emissions and Clean Fuels!

by Doug Durante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  In the aftermath of revelations of how Volkswagen had their thumb on

October 23, 2015 Read Full Article

Uncertainty for Alleged Fraud in the Biodiesel Plant Barajas de Melo

(El Dario (Google translation))  …  “What matters to Barajas de Melo and all its neighbors is that this plant is

October 22, 2015 Read Full Article

Sugar Mills Face Cartelisation Heat

by Shreya Jai & Deepak Patel (Business Standard)  CCI investigation finds proof of collusion in selling ethanol to oil marketing

October 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Ethanol Fraud Goes on with Impunity

by David O. Berger (St. Louis Today)  … And, of course, whenever big business and big government collude, as is the case

October 5, 2015 Read Full Article

VW Scandal: Time for German Industry to Abandon Its Arrogance

by Armin Mahler (Der Spiegel)  Made in Germany isn’t the seal of quality it used to be. Arrogance and complacency are

October 1, 2015 Read Full Article

Suspected Biodiesel Fraud Scheme on 3 Continents Puts Man before Portland Jury

by Bryan Denson (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)  Jack Holden is either a big-dreaming businessman whose failure to cash in on the

September 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Third Person Sentenced in Las Vegas for International Biofuel Fraud Conspiracy

(Federal Bureau of Investigation)  Alex Jariv, 28, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced today in federal court to 30 months

September 29, 2015 Read Full Article

We Should Not Be Surprised about Volkswagen’s “Diesel-Gate”

by Bill Brandon (Biofuels Digest) Fooling with computers to give false readings has happened before. It is important to recognize similarities

September 29, 2015 Read Full Article

NOxgate Expands: 93% of Diesel Vehicles Tested Fail to Meet Euro 6 NOx Emission Standards; Average Is 7 Times over the Limit

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The VW crisis just keeps getting worse, with Volkswagen suspending its VW, Audi, and Porsche R&D

September 29, 2015 Read Full Article

VW Scandal Raises Doubts over Clean Diesel and Lab-Based Emissions Testing

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) On September 22, Volkswagen Motors (VW) admitted that it had cheated on emissions testing in Europe

September 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Your Guide To Dieselgate: Volkswagen’s Diesel Cheating Catastrophe

by Patrick George (Jalopnik)  Yes, it’s a catastrophe. There’s no other way to describe the allegations from the Environmental Protection

September 21, 2015 Read Full Article

EPA Says VW Running Massive Clean Air Scam via Jettas, Audis, Passats

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, EPA issued a notice of violation of the Clean Air Act to Volkswagen AG,

September 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Dean And Brenda Daniels To Prison For Biodiesel Fraud

(Southwest Florida Online)  Dean Daniels, 52, Richard Smith, 57, Brenda Daniels, 45 and William Bradley, 58, all of Florida, pleaded

August 28, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Two Men Sentenced and Another Pleads Guilty in Las Vegas in International Biofuels Fraud Scheme

(US Federal Bureau of Investigation)  James Jariv, 64, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced in federal court in Las Vegas

August 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Ethanol and Biodiesel: Guilty as Charged

by Paul Driessen (Town Hall) … The tale of Philip Joseph Rivkin (aka Felipe Poitan Arriaga) reveals an equally disgusting aspect of

July 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Couple Found Guilty of Stealing Money for Biodiesel Plant

(WBIR)  A Knoxville couple is found guilty of taking grant money to create a bio diesel plant, then spending it

July 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Leaked Tape Recordings Unearth the Depth of the New Scandal at Mumias Sugar Company

by Paul Wafula (Standard Digital News)  A sting operation conducted at Mumias Sugar Company premises has uncovered an elaborate network

June 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Fuel Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Fraud and Clean Air Act Crimes Connected to Renewable Fuels Scheme

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Philip J. Rivkin faces more than 10 years imprisonment and $51 million in restitution — Philip Joseph Rivkin,

June 17, 2015 Read Full Article

EPA Seeks Input on RIN Quality Assurance Plan ICR

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA recently published a notice in the Federal Register soliciting public comments

June 8, 2015 Read Full Article

Green Power CEO to Go to Trial for Fraud

by Kristi Pihl (Tri-City Herald)   A serial fraudster charged with swindling investors in his failed Pasco biofuel company will stand

May 15, 2015 Read Full Article

Three Brothers Plead Guilty to $145 Million Biofuels Fraud Scheme in Indiana

(Department of Justice)  Chad Ducey, 39, of Fishers, Indiana, pleaded guilty yesterday for his role in a multi-state scheme to

April 30, 2015 Read Full Article

N.J. Man Charged in Biodiesel Scam Accused of Death Threats, Report Says

by Myles Ma (NJ.com)  Prosecutors say a Bergen County man accused in a $90 million biodiesel trading scam threatened to

April 7, 2015 Read Full Article

The Great Algae Robbery

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  An arbitration ruling details how Roquette seemingly attempted one of the most brazen intellectual property

February 27, 2015 Read Full Article

Three Convicted in £23m Biofuel Fraud

by Peter Walker (FT Advisor)  Three directors were convicted on Friday (5 December) as part of the Serious Fraud Office’s

December 9, 2014 Read Full Article

Kander Halts Biodiesel Investment Scam

(Missouri Secretary of State)  Secretary of State Jason Kander today issued a cease and desist order against Boyd A. Ware

November 11, 2014 Read Full Article

Man in Fake Ethanol Project Pleads Guilty to Fraud

(The Spokesman-Review)  A Spokane ethanol project promising rich financial returns to dozens of local investors turned out to be a fraud.

October 31, 2014 Read Full Article

Co-defendent in Bio-Fuel Scam Pleads Guilty

by Hugh R. Morley  (The Record/NorthJersey.com)   … A Ridgewood businesswoman has pleaded guilty to a charge that she took part

August 12, 2014 Read Full Article

U.S. Invalidates 33.5 Million Renewable Credits After Fraud (1)

by Mark Drajem   (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it has invalidated 33.5 million renewable-fuel credits sold by

December 20, 2013 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Ethanol, Once the Way of the Future, Is Off to a Delayed, Boisterous Start

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  The “now hiring” sign is up online for Emmetsburg, Iowa, where the nation’s largest

November 13, 2013 Read Full Article

Abengoa Bioethanol Arm Raided in EU Manipulation Probe

by Aoife White (Bloomberg)   Abengoa SA (ABG), owner of continental Europe’s biggest bioethanol plant, said that it’s being investigated as

October 10, 2013 Read Full Article

$100M Biodiesel Fraud in Indiana? E-Biofuels Ring Nabbed by Feds

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Indiana, federal officials are saying that a group of biodiesel operators associated with E-Biofuels

September 19, 2013 Read Full Article

UK to Request Extradition of Biofuel Company’s Chairman

by Simon Lewis  (Cambodia Daily)   The U.K.’s fraud office plans to request the extradition of a British national currently detained

August 28, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuel Firm CEO Accused of Bilking Investor

by  Annie Youderian (Courthouse News Service)  The former CEO of New Generation Biofuels duped a foreign investor into pumping more than

August 14, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuel Investment Firm Wound up

by John Brazier (Insolvency News)  A company offering investments in an untraceable biofuel project in Mozambique has been wound up by

August 8, 2013 Read Full Article

Ethanol RINs Market Explodes

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Lack of transparency makes market analysis difficult. …The ethanol producer’s role in RIN generation

April 24, 2013 Read Full Article

AFPM Welcomes EPA Move to Address Biodiesel Fraud but Greater Fix is Needed

(Wall Street Journal/The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)  The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) and American Petroleum Institute (API)

April 19, 2013 Read Full Article

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

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  Jeffrey David Gunselman, 30, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 188

March 29, 2013 Read Full Article

11 Reasons Why You Should Invest in the Biodiesel Industry

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine/MarketWire)  Below is breakdown of the latest, sourced information as to why investment in biodiesel is

March 29, 2013 Read Full Article

Des Moines Company Keeps Tabs on Biofuel Production, Sales

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  EcoEngineers tapped by EPA to help audit RFS compliance. In a small office in

March 12, 2013 Read Full Article

Stoel Rives Publishes White Paper on RIN Program Change Proposal

(Stoel Rives/Biodiesel Magazine)  Stoel Rives LLP, a national energy and biofuels law firm, has published a white paper that provides

March 6, 2013 Read Full Article

Ottawa Ending Biofuels Subsidy over Unfulfilled Industry Promises

by Shawn McCarthy (Globe and Mail)  The Conservative government is formally shutting down its controversial biofuels subsidy program, saying companies

February 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Rodney Hailey Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Prison for Selling $9 Million in Fraudulent Renewable Fuel Credits

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Owner of “Clean Green Fuel” falsely claimed his company produced 23 million gallons of renewable fuel U.S.

February 22, 2013 Read Full Article

US EPA’s Byron Bunker Deciphers Biodiesel RIN QAP Proposed Rule

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  After U.S. EPA’s much-anticipated renewable identification number (RIN) quality assurance program (QAP) proposed rule was

February 13, 2013 Read Full Article

U.S. Biodiesel Producers Gain from Tax Reinstatement


, RIN Integrity Programs

by Janet McGurty (Biofuels Digest)  …Larger producers of biodiesel like Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland get a higher price for

January 11, 2013 Read Full Article

CN's $2.6M Mystery U.S. Trips Never Unloaded Biodiesel

(CBC News)  A CBC News investigation has uncovered a cross-border mystery involving unexplained shipments of biodiesel tanker cars that were

December 5, 2012 Read Full Article

EPA Releases Draft QAP Requirements for RIN Validation

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has released its draft quality assurance plan requirements as part of its work to restructure

November 12, 2012 Read Full Article

Integration of Biodiesel RIN Verification in the BQ-9000 Program

by Pete Moss (Biodiesel Magazine)  BQ-9000 is the gold standard for quality control in the biodiesel industry. The accreditation program

October 26, 2012 Read Full Article

EcoEngineers RIN Program Manages 300 MMgy of Biodiesel Capacity

by Jim Baker (EcoEngineeers/Biodiesel Magazine)  Last October, EcoEngineers unveiled its RIN Quality Assurance Program to address RIN fraud that was

October 26, 2012 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Demand, Profitability Sink

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  So much biodiesel has been made and sold this year that the federal mandate

October 25, 2012 Read Full Article

Integration of Biodiesel RIN Verification in the BQ-9000 Program

by Pete Moss (Biodiesel Magazine)  BQ-9000 is the gold standard for quality control in the biodiesel industry. The accreditation program

October 3, 2012 Read Full Article

Minn. Biodiesel Plant First to Pass RIN Integrity Network Audit

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Minnesota Soybean Processors is the first biodiesel plant to pass Genscape’s RIN Integrity Network audit. …

August 26, 2012 Read Full Article

EPA to Propose US Biofuel Fraud Fix by End of 2012

by Ryan Tracy (Hydrocarbon Processing)  …The US Environmental Protection Agency late Tuesday made its first specific promises to address fraud

August 16, 2012 Read Full Article

RINtrust Program Formed as RFS2 Engineering Review Deadline Nears

by Frazier Barnes & Associates (Biodiesel Magazine)  RIN fraud and RIN verification have emerged as key factors in a biodiesel

July 25, 2012 Read Full Article

Former Absolute Fuels CEO Arrested, Criminal Proceedings Begin

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Criminal proceedings are underway against Jeffrey David Gunselman, former CEO of Texas-based Absolute Fuels, in

July 25, 2012 Read Full Article

EM Biofuels Announces Rollout of RINPlus(TM)

(MarketWatch)  A Proprietary Renewable Identification Number (RIN) Assurance Program EM Biofuels, LLC announced today the rollout of RINPlus(TM), a proprietary,

July 23, 2012 Read Full Article

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

July 20, 2012 Read Full Article

Fraud Cases Leave Biodiesel Industry Reeling

by Timothy B. Wheeler (The Baltimore Sun)  Biodiesel producers told a congressional panel Wednesday that they’re struggling to stay afloat in

July 13, 2012 Read Full Article

Maryland Man Convicted in Biodiesel Scam

by Ann E. Marimow (The Washington Post)  A Maryland man was convicted Monday of selling phony bio­diesel credits in a fraud

June 28, 2012 Read Full Article

Identifying, Avoiding Scams in Large Biodiesel Project Funding

by Peter Brown (Biodiesel Magazine/Euro Marketing Tools Inc.)  Financing large projects that include biodiesel processors, crushers and support equipment has

June 15, 2012 Read Full Article

RIN Programs Merge to Stabilize Biodiesel Market

by Ron Kotrba  (Biodiesel Magazine)  An agreement has been struck between Genscape Inc. and Lee Enterprises Consulting to merge Lee

June 14, 2012 Read Full Article

FBI Raids Park Ridge Renewable Energy Company

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

June 5, 2012 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Makers Hope New Audit Program Thaws RIN Market

(Argus Media)  Small biodiesel makers hope an outside firm brought in to authenticate fuel production will thaw a renewable identification

May 21, 2012 Read Full Article

Case No. 3: EPA Issues Green Diesel Violation for 60M Bad RINs

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. EPA issued a Notice of Violation to Houston-based Green Diesel LLC April 30

May 2, 2012 Read Full Article

EPA Levies Administrative Fines for Invalid Biodiesel RINs

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has announced the amount of administrative settlements levied against 30 obligated parties

April 26, 2012 Read Full Article

The Serious Fraud Office Launches an Investigation into Sustainable AgroEnergy, Operator of an Unregulated Investment Scheme.

by Gavin Lumsden (CityWire)   The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has launched an investigation into Sustainable AgroEnergy, a London-based company that promoted itself to

March 29, 2012 Read Full Article

National Biodiesel Board Introduces First Phase of RIN Solution

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The first phase of the National Biodiesel Board’s measures to help restore integrity to the

March 14, 2012 Read Full Article

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