Guy Fragle, 71, of Hummingbird Lane in Sharpsville, Pa., has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of failing to pay tipping fees to the state for his company, Total Waste Logistics of Bundy Avenue in Girard.
Fragle appeared in the courtroom of Judge Ronald Rice of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court on Thursday, where he agreed to immediately pay $100,000 in restitution for the unpaid tipping fees.
Such fees are paid by garbage haulers to Total Waste Logistics, which in turn was supposed to pay the fees to the state of Ohio.
A $10,000 fine will be dismissed, and Fragle’s two-year probation will end early if he complies with the payment terms, court officials said.
The Trumbull County Prosecutor’s office handled the case in concert with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, charging Fragle with the offense through what is called a bill of information, which doesn’t require an indictment.