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by Westchester County Business Journal
by WCBJ

U.S. Attorney’s Office accuses Harrison waste hauler of overbilling customers

The owner of a Harrison trash hauling business has been accused of overbilling commercial customers.

Ralph Mancini, operator of County Waste Management Inc., was arraigned May 17 in federal court in White Plains on a charge of mail fraud.

From 2008 to 2016, according to the criminal information signed by U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman, Mancini mailed “fraudulent invoices for waste disposal services … for services that had not, in fact, been performed.”

The brief charging document states nothing about the number of customers, the magnitude of the losses or other details of the alleged scheme to defraud.

Mancini pleaded not guilty.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul E. Davison released him on a $250,000 personal recognizance bond. He ordered Mancini to surrender his passport within a week and restrict travel to the New York City area.

Mancini declined to discuss the case when called at home.

County Waste Management was formed in 2000. It serves residential and commercial customers, according to its website, in Westchester and Putnam counties in New York and in Fairfield County in Connecticut.

The company uses Mancini’s house in Harrison for its business address and parks its trucks at a used car lot in Bedford Hills.

County Waste Management was also sued recently by the New York State Insurance Fund. The agency claims in a Feb. 1 complaint in Westchester Supreme Court that the company has not paid nearly $90,000 for nine months of workers’ compensation coverage that was cancelled in October. The company had not responded to the complaint, as of May 20.