A Hilton Head Island man and a Ridgeland man were among seven suspects charged Tuesday in a scheme involving the sale of metal waste containers they didn't own to a recycling center in Yemassee, according to the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division.
SLED agents arrested the seven men for selling more than $20,000 worth of metal containers, owned by garbage disposal companies Republic Services and Waste Management, to the Simco Recycling Center. All seven were employed by either Republic Services or Waste Management, SLED said.
The men sold the containers to the recycling center between October and January, according to warrants. SLED conducted an investigation into the sales at the request of the Hampton County Sheriff's Office.
Ridgeland resident Marc Anthony Dupont, 38, was charged with felony breach of trust with fraudulent intent with a value more than $2,000 but less than $10,000. The report said Dupont sold Waste Management containers to the recycling center on 10 different occasions and was paid $5,787 for them.
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Walterboro residents Richard Young, 36, and Rodolfo Taylor, 65, and Green Pond resident Abraham Young, 47, also were charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent with a value more than $2,000 but less than $10,000.
Hilton Head resident John Lee Drayton, 61, was charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent with a value of $2,000 or less. Drayton sold one Waste Management container worth $471 to the recycling center, according to his arrest warrant.
Ruffin resident Eric Lamont Ferguson, 39, and Walterboro resident Antonio DeShawn Ferguson, 31, were also charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent with a value of $2,000 or less.
All seven men were taken to the Hampton County Detention Center, according to the report.