LEWISBURG – Preliminary hearings set for today have been continued for the six Bolus family members charged in Union County two weeks ago for environmental crimes and in multiple conspiracies, including insurance fraud.
Hearings were to happen before District Judge Leo Armbruster. Brian Bolus, the head of Minuteman Environmental who faces 64 charges in the case, now will have his preliminary hearing Aug. 6. The remaining family members – Robert Sr., Robert Jr., Julie and Debra Bolus and Sophie Gregory, Robert Sr.’s fiancee -- will have their hearings Aug. 11. All are represented by individual attorneys.
The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s investigation into environmental crimes allegedly committed by Minuteman also revealed multiple conspiracies among Brian Bolus and family members to commit insurance fraud.
Evidence and testimony regarding the alleged illegal activity was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended the criminal charges.
The investigation began with allegations involving Pennsylvania’s environmental laws that Minuteman (Minuteman Towing Inc., Minuteman Spill Response Inc. and Minuteman Environmental Services Inc.) and Brian Bolus were unlawfully burying and dumping solid waste from well drilling operations throughout several counties.
In addition to violating the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law and the Pennsylvania Solid Waste Management Act, the grand jury found that Brian Bolus and Minuteman overbilled every business with which they contracted by at least one hour per invoice, amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars.