By Ashley M. Wislock and Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item
SUNBURY — Days before local and state officials raided his business, Minuteman Environmental Services President Brian Bolus wrote more than $1,600 in bad checks at a Clinton County landfill, police allege in court documents.
Bolus, whose Milton-based company was searched and its files seized May 29, is charged in connection with incidents on May 22 and May 24 at the Wayne Township Landfill in McElhattan, according to court documents filed with District Judge Joseph L. Sanders in Lock Haven.
Bolus faces two charges of misdemeanor bad checks. Charges were filed July 15.
When the landfill tried to cash Bolus’ checks for $843.03 and $784.80 at its bank, the checks were returned and not honored, police said. The landfill then sent a letter requesting payment within 10 days.
Bolus was told he owed the landfill $1,667.83, including a $20 fee on each returned check. As of July 15, that tab had not been paid, police said.
“The checks didn’t clear,” Heather Doherty, accountant for the Wayne Township Landfill, said Thursday. “We sent them a letter and requested payment within 10 days and we never heard anything.”
Doherty then filed charges with the district judge and learned of the Bolus problems reported in the media.
“We found out and then we heard from Minuteman Environmental Services that they would be paying this bill,” she said. “It was too late to pull the charges and we were made aware that the company would be paying the bill on the court date that will be scheduled.”
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday in Lock Haven.
The checks case marks another round of trouble for Bolus, whose Lewisburg home and company headquarters were stormed May 29 in connection with an investigation headed by the state Attorney General’s Office.
Federal and state agencies have been tightlipped about the raid ever since.
Attorney General Office spokesman Dennis Fisher on Thursday again declined to comment.
“It is our policy neither to confirm nor deny investigations,” he said.
Shortly after the raid, the company issued two statements, denying wrongdoing and reassuring customers. The company has made no public comments on the situation since those initial statements.
No charges have been filed in connection with the raid and search warrants from the incident could not be located.
Minuteman, which has a fleet of about 200 trucks, employs about 158 people at the Milton site.
Minuteman focuses on natural-gas drilling support, supplying fluids and drilling mud to the Northern Tier and trucking away residual waste, among other services. Based in the Milton Industrial Park, Minuteman also operates facilities in White Deer, Loganton, Harrisburg and Cambridge, Ohio.