A FATHER and son running an asbestos removal company have started the longest prison sentences ever handed out in the US for environmental crimes.
Loudonville, Ohio-based Alex Salvagno began a 25-year sentence and his father Raul was given 19 years for their part in a major asbestos clean-up scam.
Both men and their company, AAR Contractor of Latham, were ordered to pay $25 million in fines and compensation.
The Salvagnos were found guilty of racketeering and conspiracy to violate the federal Clean Air Act and Toxic Substances Control Act for illegal asbestos removal activities in up to 1,555 buildings.
The jury found the pair ordered crews to do 'rip and run' asbestos clean-ups which exposed them to danger.They also owned a laboratory that faked test results.