Two Waste Management employees charged with embezzlement |

Two Waste Management employees charged with embezzlement

Two former employees of Waste Management have been charged with embezzling more than $120,000 and falsifying documents at the McCourtney Road transfer station, and arrest warrants for $50,000 have been issued.

Criminal complaints were filed Tuesday against Randal Lee Gassaway and Christopher Joshua Howie, who reportedly had been falsifying invoices for redeemed recyclables between 2012 and 2014 — and had apparently been acting independently of each other.

The embezzlement reportedly came to light after a shipment of recyclables was found to be light by about 1,000 pounds.

A Waste Management spokeswoman declined to provide any further information, saying she could not comment on employee behavior.

“We do have internal processes in place to help identify issues,” Sarah Polito said. “And since then, we have taken appropriate actions, we have been cooperating fully with law enforcement. We are working directly with the (county) — this issue has been taken care of.”

Gassaway alone is suspected of having siphoned off more than $120,000, said Nevada County Deputy District Attorney Jim Phillips.

He reportedly was caught on surveillance video preparing invoices with no customer present.

Howie was committing similar acts, but on a small scale, Phillips said. Howie has been charged with one count of embezzlement and two counts of falsifying records.

Gassaway has been charged with two counts of embezzlement and four counts of falsifying records.

According to Phillips, he also faces an enhancement for committing a white-collar crime involving the theft of more than $100,000.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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