Prosecutors target bottle deposit scam

August 25, 2009 7:54:28 AM PDT
Authorities say a Queens recycler and five Long Island liquor stores made hundreds of thousands of dollars by redeeming beverage containers more than once. The recycling company's owner is accused of sending previously redeemed containers back to Long Island in exchange for a cut of the profits.

Prosecutors say a store owner distributed the containers to other retailers. They were redeemed by apparently unwitting beverage wholesalers, which had to pay the nickel deposit and 2-cent handling fee.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo were announcing the crackdown Tuesday. The investigation was expanded following some arrests last month.


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