One family pocketed $7.6 million by taking cans and bottles from Arizona and recycling them in California. That's fraud, prosecutors say.

– 💰 A family in Southern California made $7.6 million through recycling cans and bottles.

– 🚚 They are accused of illegally importing 178 tons of cans and bottles from Arizona to recycle in California.

– 🕵️‍♂️ State prosecutors charged eight family members with multiple felonies related to fraudulently recycling materials.

– 💔 The family faces possible imprisonment for grand theft and defrauding the California recycling program.

– ♻️ California's recycling program relies on consumers paying a California Redemption Value (CRV) for bottles and cans, which can be redeemed at recycling centers within the state. Arizona lacks a similar program.

– Prosecutors accuse a Southern California family of illegally importing 178 tons of cans and bottles from Arizona and recycling them in California, earning $7.6 million in the process.

– The family members are charged with defrauding the state of California and unlawfully conspiring to commit grand theft by seeking reimbursement for out-of-state containers and containers already redeemed within California.

– The recycling operation also included a stash of "illegally imported beverage containers" worth $1 million.

– California's recycling program relies on consumers paying a "California Redemption Value" (CRV) for bottles and cans, while Arizona lacks a similar program.

– Felony grand theft in California carries a maximum punishment of three years in a state prison, and redeeming out-of-state containers could lead to another three years in prison.