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Lupo sued again for alleged nonpayment of bills



Published: Tue, February 26, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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By Peter H. Milliken

milliken@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Ben Lupo’s legal troubles are mounting.

A contractor is suing two of his companies for a combined total of $23,543 in purportedly unpaid bills for the hauling of brine and other materials from and to oil- and gas-well drilling sites between Sept. 26, 2011, and Aug. 14, 2012.

The suit was filed Monday by the hauler, Bessemer Concrete LLC of Petersburg, against Petroflow Inc., which was billed $21,993, and for which Lupo is listed as the statutory agent, and against Hardrock Excavating LLC, which was billed $1,550, and for which Susan Faith is listed as the statutory agent.

The address of both companies is 2761 Salt Springs Road, which is Lupo’s office address.

That address also is the site of the purported intentional nighttime discharge of brine and oil-based drilling mud into a storm sewer flowing into a Mahoning River tributary Jan. 31.

Authorities say Lupo admitted he ordered a Hardrock employee to make that discharge. Lupo faces a federal criminal charge of violating the Clean Water Act stemming from that spill. Lupo, 62, of Poland, has pleaded innocent to that charge.

Faith is one of 16 plaintiffs in a November 2011 civil breach-of-contract lawsuit against Lupo and three of his companies, which is pending.

In that lawsuit, Faith recently moved to have Lupo removed as acting manager of Gasearch LLC, a gas-marketing company, saying he cannot successfully market oil and gas under the cloud of the criminal charge he is facing.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has said he will file a civil environmental lawsuit against Lupo.

Lupo could not be reached to comment on Monday’s lawsuit, which is assigned to Judge Maureen A. Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.


Comments

1timOthy(802 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Who is getting the PAY OFF IN COLUMBUS OHIO ??? How else could this SCAB RAT COMPANY EXIST ????

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2YtowngirI9(1 comment)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

I guess we are to stand in line for payment of services. Lupo is a rat and has owed our small agency money since 2008 which we have been unable to collect. Lisa Bruce is responsible for ordering these services; she avoided our calls passing them on to Lupo who never, ever returned our phone calls or responded to our correspondence. Both of them should share the same cell as far as I'm concerned. Who's laughing now Lisa, Ben? Bums. I guess this is another one of their lame excuses, supposedly "ordering employees" to lie. What goes around comes around you fools. Lupo obviously has some very dishonest employees and as far as I'm concerned they should be held equally as responsible starting with Lisa Bruce.

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3IMPACT(5 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

There are many victims of low prices. I suspect that low natural gas prices contributed to the demise of D&L Energy. When GM received their government bailout the old GM stock became worthless. Those who held that stock were victims. Cars now sell for double of what they did before the bailout. Increased pricing for their products gives companies more viability.

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