Federal jury convicts PA man for RIN fraud : Biofuels Digest


In Pennsylvania, a federal jury in Reading convicted David M. Dunham Jr. of the following crimes: conspiracy to commit wire fraud and defraud the United States; wire fraud; filing false tax documents; and obstruction of justice. The conviction stemmed from Dunham hatching and executing a scheme to defraud the Environmental Protection Agency, the Internal Revenue Service, and his customers to obtain renewable fuel credits in his “green energy” business. The government is also seeking forfeiture of approximately $1.7 million in fraudulently obtained revenue and several parcels of real estate.

In Dunham’s green energy scam, he fraudulently applied for, received, and sold “credits” for selling renewable biofuels that he, in fact, did not sell and, in many instances, had never possessed in the first place. He obtained these credits from government agencies, which resulted in Dunham obtaining $50 million in fraudulent revenue. Dunham ran the scam from approximately 2010 to 2015, using his business, Smarter Fuels, and that of his co-defendant, Ralph Tomasso, who previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud federal programs.

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