A crackdown on illegal scrap yard activities that found grave markers, beer kegs, copper wire and tons of shredded plastic has wrapped up with a sixth conviction of a Central Ohio company.
A to Z Recycling, based in South Linden, pleaded guilty to felony charges including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
The company was ordered Monday to pay a $50,000 fine, a harsher penalty than any of other convicted scrap yards.
Investigators say a sting operation found the company wasn't complying with laws meant to prevent the sale of stolen goods.
Undercover detectives made three visits that year to A to Z Recycling, where they sold employees aluminum, copper and large-gauged utility wire marked “property of AEP."
Charges against an employee were dismissed as part of the company's deal. Another employee pleaded guilty last year and was fined $1,000.