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BREAKING NEWS: Ben Lupo sentenced to 28 months in prison, fined $25K

Published: Tue, August 5, 2014 @ 3:26 p.m.

CLEVELAND — Ben Lupo was sentenced today to 28 months in federal prison for ordering illegal discharges of oilfield waste down a storm drain and into a Mahoning River tributary in Youngstown.

U.S. District Court Judge Donald C. Nugent imposed the sentence today on Lupo, 64, of Springfield Township, who had earlier pleaded guilty to violating the federal Clean Water Act. The hearing lasted about three hours.

The judge also fined him $25,000. He will be allowed to self-report to prison.

The discharges from Lupo’s Salt Springs Road waste storage tanks, which ended Jan. 31, 2013, resulted in a $3.1 million cleanup.

The U.S. Attorney sought the maximum sentence - three years in prison and a $250,000 fine - to deter others from similar conduct.

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1CantStandYa(123 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago


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276Ytown(1242 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

$3.1 million dollar cleanup plus our expense to prosecute. $25,000 fine. Why even bother wasting tax dollars to try this case through our justice system? This is a joke, except I'm not laughing.

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3Attis(879 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

The sentence is an invitation to other corporate polluters to continue to pollute; crime in the suites pays.

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4Cicero(36 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

His doctor testified as to Lupo's medical issues - guess who now gets to pay for the treatments? No Obamacare for Ben!

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5rickiejo(8 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

$$$$ still speaks. i'd bet my bottom dollar that he's out in nine months. i'm so sick of big bucks getting away with so much anymore.

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6cambridge(3013 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

He commits the crime and the taxpayers pay to the tune of 3.1 million, that ain't right. The community that paid for the cleanup should file a suit against him for repayment. Since he was found guilty there shouldn't be any problem with him being liable.

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7papa1(662 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

once again it's who you know. justice is for sale in the Mahoning valley.

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8ytowncrazy(34 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I'm really surprised he got any time behind bars. Granted, its only 28 months but I was expecting they would just give him house arrest/probation. 25K fine is bull crap unless he has to pay some kind of other restitution.

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