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E-cycling exec gets 14 months in prison

Keywords: Tags  scrap, electronics recycling, e-cycling, Executive Recycling, Tor Olson, Brandon Richter, CRT, Sean Davidson

NEW YORK — A former executive at an electronics recycling company found guilty in December of illegally exporting electronics scrap has been sentenced to 14 months in prison.

Tor Olson, former vice president of Executive Recycling Inc., was sentenced this past week after being convicted along with the company and company owner and chief executive officer Brandon Richter for the illegal export of more than 100,000 cathode ray tubes (CRTs) between 2005 and 2009.

Olson was convicted on eight counts related to wire fraud and aiding and abetting, mail fraud and aiding and abetting, and exportation contrary to law. He was sentenced to 14 months in prison for each count, to be served concurrently.

Olson also was ordered by the U.S. District Court in Colorado to pay a fine of $5,000, a special assessment of $800 and restitution of $17,536 to five counties and a newspaper agency classified as victims in the case.

Collectively, Englewood, Colo.-based Executive Recycling, Richter and Olson were indicted in September 2011 on 16 different counts of illegal activity.

Their indictments followed a 30-month investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations division and the Environmental Protection Agency. The federal agencies began the probe after CBS’ 60 Minutes aired a report titled "The Wasteland."

Olson is free on bond following his appeal.

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