A man faces federal charges of unlawful storage and disposal of hazardous waste and Social Security fraud after an investigation that involved several federal agencies.
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett said Euranus Johnson, 51, of Indianapolis, illegally stored and disposed of waste at the Antique Chrome Shop in the 1900 block of Massachusetts Avenue from January to June 2011.
Investigators said a renter of the property washed the floor of the facility, causing the water to react to chemicals left behind by Johnson.
Crews said a toxic, green liquid flowed down the driveway and into the streets of a nearby residential neighborhood.
"This office is committed to protecting the public from the dangers posed by hazardous waste and seeking just punishment for those whose proven disregard for the law puts our neighborhood at risk," Hogsett said. "If you choose to endanger others by cutting corners for easy profits, know that this office and our law enforcement partners will investigate and prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law."
Johnson faces a maximum of five years in prison and $50,000 per day fine on the hazardous waste charge and a maximum five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the Social Security fraud charge.
The Environmental Protection Agency, Social Security Administration and Office of Inspector General worked with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Department of Natural Resources, Marion County Health Department and Indianapolis Fire Department on the investigation.
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