Total Reclaim Pays Oregon $550K Over False Claims

Brooks Hoffman

Oregon regulators recently announced that they’ve settled a case against e-scrap processor Total Reclaim, centered on the company misleading customers about how devices were being handled.  The Oregon Department of Justice and the state Department of Environmental Quality issued a press release this week outlining the settlement of what would have become a “false claims” lawsuit against Total Reclaim.

As part of the agreement, the Seattle-based electronics recycling company paid the state $553,750.  $470,000 will go toward the state’s environmental regulatory department to support recycling efforts, and the remainder will go to cover legal and investigatory fees.  Total Reclaim has admitted to knowingly allowing its devices to be exported to Hong Kong.  Company leaders Craig Lorch and Jeff Zirkle pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy crimes last November related to the exports.

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