ex-Fujicolor guy fined for green crime

A former employee of Fujicolor Processing recently plead guilty to cherry-picking samples of the company’s wastewater effluent In Terrell, Texas.

According to the Department of Justice, Gerald Lakota presented on their monthly discharge monitoring reports only good sample to meet their facility’s effluent limits required by the discharge permit.

He faces up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and five years of supervised release. Fujicolor was also fined $200,000 last year for negligence.

The poor guy probably just wanted to get a promotion and thought killing some of the fish in their river will not matter much.

2 Responses to ex-Fujicolor guy fined for green crime

  1. Tracey Calvert 25 December, 2008 at 7:28 pm #

    Nope.This guy was not up for promotion. He was quality control person and not the water tester. He most likely signed something that led to his being a scapegoat. He did maintenance on the machines which was not his job. His lawyer advised him to plead guilty in order to being guaranteed probation. If he had gone to Texas to defend himself his lawyer said he would have lost as most do with the EPA. He also did have the money to do so. So he did not go to jail and in one year the record will be expunged. So what a waste of money and court time HUH? I think everyone at Fuji in Terrell Texas is full of shit. I don’t buy Fuji products anymore. An enemy.

  2. John Smith 7 August, 2009 at 10:32 am #

    Good to know he won’t do jail time. He was indeed the scapegoat. The guy has lived his entire life with polio (and was supposed to be dead years ago) and is a stand up person. His attitude is so strong that he walks without a cane (he should be in a wheelchair if you saw him walk). I heard him personally say many times over the years that doing something wrong “wasn’t worth going to prison over”. Doing something like this would be the last thing he would do.

    I try to remember this when I read about other people. When you don’t know them personally, it’s much easier to make a judgement on them.

    People higher up on the pay scale were the ones that came up with that idea. It isn’t really “everyone at Fuji in Terrell”. Problem is, Jerry signed everything and no one knows for sure what happened in closed meetings. The true villains aren’t having to go through all this.

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