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September 18, 2013

Feds allege more than $100M multistate biofuels scam with Indiana roots

E-Biofuels allegedly sold tainted biodiesel; customers, government defrauded

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INDIANAPOLIS — Federal authorities have arrested six people on conspiracy, wire fraud and other charges in an alleged biofuels scam they say cost the government and investors more than $100 million.

Indictments allege the defendants sold more than 35 million gallons of fuel as 100 percent biodiesel when it actually contained some petroleum diesel.

U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett said Wednesday that Middletown, Ind.-based E-Biofuels purchased biofuels that were 99 percent biodiesel and 1 percent diesel from other companies and sold it at a higher price by claiming it was 100 percent biodiesel. Two other companies also allegedly were involved.

Hogsett says customers were defrauded of more than $55 million, the Internal Revenue Service lost $35 million and investors lost tens of millions of dollars.

Attorneys for the defendants were not immediately available for comment.

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