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Recycler accused of buying parts without documentation

Keywords: Tags  catalytic converters, recycler, Redhot Recycling, William T. Wegrzyn, Larry Amerson, Sejong Georgia, Kia Motors, Lisa Gordon


PITTSBURGH — The owner of Redhot Recycling LLC in Anniston, Ala., has been accused of accepting more than 1,000 catalytic converters without documentation.

William T. Wegrzyn, 41, has been charged with 10 felony counts for allegedly failing to obtain proof of ownership, Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson told AMM.

A Redhot Recycling employee was charged earlier this year with failing to document ownership of parts after law enforcement officials in Georgia contacted Amerson about inventory missing from Sejong Georgia LLC, a company that supplies auto parts to Seoul-based Kia Motors Corp. ( amm.com, May 1).

The 1,054 catalytic converters were purchased from a customer in 10 lots—ranging from 10 to 205 units—over a period of time, the sheriff said, and the converters could not be recovered because they were immediately sold to a third party.

A circuit court grand jury indicted Wegrzyn after reportedly being told that he was present during the sales and had personable knowledge that the purchases were being made.

The sheriff said he currently is investigating the recycler’s purchase of 9,280 pounds of iron material from the same unnamed person who sold the converters.

Wegrzyn, who was released from Calhoun County Jail on a $100,000 bond, is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 5. He could not be reached for comment.


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