A Hamilton man who “completely trashed” a home by dumping hundreds of scrap tires was sentenced to two years in prison, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced.
Mark Hoskins, 56, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of illegal transportation of scrap tires and illegal open dumping of scrap tires. Judge Noah Powers II of the Butler County Common Pleas Court sentenced Hoskins to two years in prison and ordered him to pay restitution of $3,601 for cleanup and investigative costs, according to a release.
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During 2016, Hoskins went to nearby automotive businesses and offered to dispose of its scrap tires in exchange for payment. He then drove to an abandoned residence on Lockwood Avenue in Hamilton, where he dumped between 30 and 40 tires at a time. Investigators found almost six tons of scrap tires on the property.
“This house was completely trashed with tires stacked to the ceiling, stuffed in the shed and scattered across the yard,” Yost said in a release. “On top of creating an eyesore and a public health concern, this guy forced taxpayers to pay the costs to clean up his mess.”
The Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Environmental Enforcement Unit and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Special Investigations Unit conducted the investigation.
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