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Merrill man faces host of charges stemming from e-recycling business

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MADISON – A federal grand jury on Wednesday charged a 59-year-old Merrill man with storing and disposing of hazardous waste without a permit. 

Kevin Shibilski is chief executive officer of 5R Processors, a Ladysmith-based company that recycles electronic waste from corporations, institutions and manufacturers that participate in a manufacturer-take-back program, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Wisconsin. 

According to the grand jury documents, Shibilski illegally stored and disposed of broken and crushed glass from cathode ray tubes that was hazardous because the tubes contained lead. He took more than $5.76 million from clients but failed to recycle more than 8.3 million pounds of their crushed glass from cathode ray tubes that had lead in them, according to the release. Instead, the company stockpiled it at 5R Processors’ warehouses in Wisconsin and Tennessee. 

Shibilski also faces eight counts of wire fraud, according to the news release.

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The final charge Shibilski faces is conspiring to defraud the United States by not paying more than $850,000 in employment and income taxes for 5R Processors, according to the release. 

If convicted, Shibilski faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison for the hazardous waste charge, 20 years on each of the eight wire fraud charges and five years on the defrauding the United States charge. 

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