July 09, 2008 TRI-CITY AREA — Three Lapeer County residents, including two from Dryden, have been charged with multiple counts of racketeering and money laundering following a five year investigation into the business dealings of the now defunct World Waste Service of Almont and Cove Landfill of Bad Axe.
According to a July 3 Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) press release, Dryden residents Dominic and Sharon Campo were each charged with criminal enterprise-conduction, also called racketeering, and money laundering, second degree.
Stanford Doll was also charged with racketeering.
All three county residents either owned or operated World Waste Service of Cove Landfill between 2000 and 2004.
An investigation was sparked by the DEQ and Huron County Sheriff's Department when World Waste Service submitted falsified documents with forged signatures of government officials to the county and state.
"During the investigation, it was learned that the company entered into recycling contracts with municipalities throughout the Thumb area," the release said.
"The company then gave the appearance of adhering to the contracts and recycling the waste, only to instead dispose of the material into Cove Landfill, at no cost to them."
The Campos were allegedly taking cash from the business and laundering it through area casinos for their own personal use.
The complaint was filed in Huron County's District Court on June 24.
Money laundering is a felony punishable up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine while racketeering can bring up to 20 years in prison and fines up to $100,000.