By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item
MILTON - Minuteman Environmental Services is fighting back against allegations from the state Attorney General’s Office that company owner Brian Bolus, among other things, overbilled employees and had family members act as “ghost employees,” which upped health care premiums.
In a statement, Bolus said “legal action against the (Office of the Attorney General) is imminent,” and that the investigation into his companies “has been at best incomplete, and, at worst sloppy and intentionally one-sided.”
Click Here to read the complete statement issued this morning by Minuteman.
“During the investigation the OAG has terrorized Mr. Bolus’ family, abused his employees and relied on tactics which jeopardized his business,” the shrply-worded release states.
The year-long investigation and 50-page indictment relied on information from “a small group of disgruntled former employees many of whom were disciplined or dismissed from Minuteman for their poor job performance,” the release states.
The company also accuses Attorney General Kathleen Kane of playing politics.
“While this may have accommodated the Attorney General’s anti-fracking agenda, it has resulted in a grave injustice which the Attorney General attempts to disguise with a ridiculously large number of duplicative charges all of which are baseless and without merit,” the statement reads. “It is unfortunate that Minuteman has become a casualty in the Attorney General’s vendetta against the oil and natural gas industry.”
The statement concludes saying that Bolus plans to “vigorously” fight the charges against him, and that he will “aggressively attack” the actions against the company.
The statement states that Bolus wanted to cooperate with the investigation, but requests to cooperate were denied.
Bolus, 43, of 339 Furnace Road, Lewisburg, is charged with 16 counts of insurance fraud; 12 counts of theft by deception; seven counts of unlawful conduct; seven counts of criminal conspiracy - unlawful conduct; four counts of criminal conspiracy; four counts of criminal use of a communication facility; three counts of corrupt organizations; one count of dealing in proceeds unlawful activity; one count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition; one count of criminal conspiracy - theft by unlawful taking or disposition; one count of theft by deception; one count of criminal conspiracy - theft by deception; one count of receiving stolen property; one count of criminal conspiracy - receiving stolen property; one count of deceptive or fraudulent business practices; one count of criminal conspiracy - deceptive or fraudulent business practices; one count of unlawful use of a computer and one count of criminal conspiracy - unlawful use of a computer.
Bolus’ brother, father, sister, nother and his father’s fiancée also face numerous charges related to insurance fraud.
If convicted of all 64 charges, Brian Bolus faces a maximum fine of nearly $1.4 million.
The case will be prosecuted in Union County by Deputy Attorney General Amy Carnicella of the Criminal Prosecutions Section and Senior Deputy Attorney General Robert Stewart of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section.