Charges pile up against Pleasant Gap couple accused of illegal dumping

Additional charges involving a Pleasant Gap business were filed by the state attorney general on Thursday.

Ray Walker Jr., 59, and Carol Walker, 58, face charges relating to accusations of illegally dumping municipal waste from Centre County in a Clinton County landfill by misrepresenting where the garbage was coming from for a cheaper rate and producing fraudulent weigh tickets and providing them to customers while running Ray A. Walker Trucking.

Agents with the office’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations Environmental Crimes Unit said they spoke with personnel from both Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority and Wayne Township Landfill in Clinton County. Waste from Centre County must be disposed of at the authority’s transfer station, although waste from parts of the county near adjacent counties can be processed elsewhere. The waste must still be identified at the other facilities as being from Centre County.

Through the course of the investigation, authorities determined that the company did not take 3,000 tons of trash required by regulation to be processed there; it was instead taken to the Clinton County site, according to court documents.

The director of the Wayne Township Landfill said costs to dump at the site vary by where the waste comes from and that waste from Centre County is more expensive to dump there than that from Clinton and Clearfield counties, according to court documents.

The director also reported that “all but a few” of the loads dumped at the landfill by Walker Trucking were identified as being from Clinton or Clearfield counties, according to authorities. The misidentification of the waste’s origin reportedly cost the landfill about $35,000 and, had the waste been identified as coming from Centre County, the company would have been denied permission to dump there, according to court documents.

Carol Walker is accused of duplicating or altering Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority weigh tickets and sending them to customers who requested proof of proper disposal at the Centre County facility, according to the criminal complaint.

It’s the second time the Attorney General’s Office has filed charges involving the company. Ray Walker Jr. was charged with theft by deception, deceitful business practices, forgery and unlawful conduct last May. He was suspected of having dumped Centre County trash in Clinton County because the Clinton County site charges less money and fabricating false weigh tickets. Trial on the previous charges is pending.

Charges were filed at District Judge Leslie Dutchcot’s office, but Clinton County District Judge John Maggs handled the arraignment Thursday. The Walkers were released on $1,500 unsecured bail.

Ray Walker faces felony charges of theft by deception, deceptive or fraudulent business practices, running a corrupt organization, tampering with public records, unlawful duplication, unlawful use of a computer and conspiracy and a misdemeanor charge of unlawful conduct.

Carol Walker is charged with unlawful use of a computer, unlawful duplication and conspiracy to commit forgery, unlawful duplication and unlawful use of a computer, all felonies.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 15.