Julio Bolanos, a 40-year-old truck driver in Los Angeles, is being accused of attempting to defraud the California recycling system after he was caught transporting 7,000 lbs. of bottles and cans from Arizona to California for an estimated $11,000 California Redemption Value.
The California Department of Justice Recycling Fraud Team caught onto Bolanos when he filled up his semi-truck with beverage containers in Phoenix and drove 70-miles out of the way to avoid the border control checkpoint at Blythe, Calif.
The Los Angeles Times has more:
A Los Angeles truck driver suspected of attempting to defraud the California recycling system was arrested after authorities caught him transporting 7,000 pounds of bottles and cans worth an estimated $11,000 in potential California Redemption Value across the border from Arizona.
The driver, Julio Bolanos, 40, was arrested on suspicion of felony recycling fraud, attempted grand theft and conspiracy. If convicted, he faces six months to three years in prison in addition to fines.
California Department of Justice Recycling Fraud Team agents tracked Bolanos from Phoenix, where they witnessed used beverage containers being loaded into a semi-truck on July 19. The team saw the truck head toward California and then take a 70-mile detour to avoid the border control checkpoint in Blythe, Calif.