DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A West Carrollton man is facing felony charges after officials say he collected cash with the promise of recycling old construction junk.
Instead, investigators said Jody Hauk abandoned the property and left it for taxpayers to clean up.
Hauk has been charged with operating a collection facility without a permit and illegal dumping.
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Victoria Dingee said the property, located on Vance Road in Dayton, has been an issue since 2008.
She said that’s when the city of Dayton, the EPA and Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County started contacting Hauk. Dingee said documents show that he told them he was opening a construction waste recycling company but never followed through with the required permits or asbestos testing.
Hauk filed for bankruptcy and the bank has since walked away from the land leaving 25 tons of trash behind.
Dingee said it’s going to be a costly clean-up. “I was told it was going to cost about $55 a ton just to remediate the property,” she said. That is more than $1.3. million dollars total.
2 NEWS attempted to contact Hauk, but found his phone number had been disconnected. He is due in court on April 3 on charges of illegal dumping and operating a dump site with out a permit.
If found guilty, Hauk faces up to $25,000 in fines and four years behind bars.