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Submitting Claims on UST Fund Reimbursements: Avoiding the Enforcement Unit

On April 17, 2013, the California State Water Resources Control Board ("SWRCB") announced that it had given the green light to its Office of Enforcement ("OE") to staff a permanent unit within the OE called the Fraud, Waste and Abuse Unit ("Unit"). The SWRCB states that the purpose of this unit is to "root out fraud, waste and abuse against unscrupulous consultants and claimants submitting false, misleading or inflated invoices for reimbursement to the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund ("UST Cleanup Fund")." These cases are being referred to the State Attorney General's ("AG's") office,  frequently resulting in civil and/or criminal prosecutions.

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