MADISON — A federal grand jury indicted a New Richmond man Wednesday with 17 counts of wire fraud, environmental crimes and obstruction of justice.
According to the indictment:
Lloyd Robl, 48, who operated an asbestos abatement business under the name AAS Inc. in New Richmond, devised a scheme to defraud AAS customers from 2011 to 2016.
Robl falsely advertised he was licensed to do business in Minnesota and Wisconsin, provided falsified insurance documents and asbestos abatement licenses to AAS clients, and failed to follow proper procedures for safely removing and disposing of asbestos.
From 2013 to 2016, Robl knowingly released into the air a hazardous pollutant by burning asbestos-containing material at his home in violation of the Clean Air Act.
Robl removed insulation containing asbestos from a building in St. Paul without possessing proper certification from the state of Minnesota and took the material home to burn.
Robl also concealed AAS business records during a federal grand jury investigation.