Former Rizzo Environmental CEO indicted on bribery charges

Former Rizzo Environmental CEO indicted on bribery charges

Charles Rizzo Jr. faces five counts of bribery, three counts of conspiracy to commit bribery and twelve counts of mail and wire fraud.

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June 1, 2017
Waste Today Staff
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Charles Rizzo Jr., former CEO of Rizzo Environmental Services in Sterling Heights, Michigan, has been indicted on two dozen charges in a Macomb County-wide corruption investigation, a report by CBS Detroit says. Rizzo is also charged with twelve counts of mail and wire fraud.

The indictment includes five counts of bribery and three counts of conspiracy to commit bribery regarding hauling contracts in Clinton, Macomb and Chesterfield Townships. The indictment says he, his father and towing contractor Gasper Fiore were involved in at least ten different schemes to steal money from Rizzo Environmental between 2013 and 2016.

According to the report, Rizzo used some of the money to build a house in Bloomfield Township and some was used to pay bribes to public officials to secure municipal contracts.

Each bribery charge has a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. The mail and wire fraud counts have a 20-year maximum prison sentence and $250,000 fine. The bribery conspiracy counts hold a maximum prison sentence of 5 years and a $250,000 fine.

There has been no arraignment date set for Rizzo. Twelve people have been charged in the corruption investigation so far. 

Rizzo resigned from his position as CEO of the company in October 2016. In September 2016, Rizzo Environmental was acquired by Toronto-based firm GFL Environmental Inc.