A federal judge Thursday sentenced the co-owners of a Morgan City industrial waste disposal firm in a scheme to illegally dump wastewater in Belle River and Baton Rouge.
Raymond Marcel, 62, of Berwick, and Cyril Robicheaux, 53, of Morgan City, co-owners of RAM Environmental Services, admitted to using false documents and kickbacks to unlawfully dispose of industrial waste in the two cities, U.S. Attorney Walt Green said in a news release.
The pair admitted to paying over $22,000 in kickbacks to an employee at Belle River-based FAS Environmental Services to use the company’s injection well to dump waste, Green said.
The FAS employee, Michael J. Vaughn, was sentenced in October 2013 to a year in a federal halfway house, five years probation and forfeiture of the kickback.
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge James Brady sentenced Marcel to two years’ probation, a $1,500 fine, $114,969.13 in restitution to FAS and a $100 special assessment.
Robicheaux was sentenced to two years’ probation, a $5,000 fine, full restitution to FAS and a special assessment. FAS officials were unaware of the scheme, Green said.