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Columbus Scrap Yard Fined $50,000 For Buying Stolen Items

A to Z Recycling on East 17th Avenue in Columbus.
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A to Z Recycling on East 17th Avenue in Columbus.

A crackdown on illegal scrap yard activities that found grave markers, beer kegs, copper wire and tons of shredded plastic has wrapped up with a sixth conviction of a Central Ohio company.

A to Z Recycling, based in South Linden, pleaded guilty to felony charges including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

The company was ordered Monday to pay a $50,000 fine, a harsher penalty than any of other convicted scrap yards.

Investigators say a sting operation found the company wasn't complying with laws meant to prevent the sale of stolen goods.

Undercover detectives made three visits that year to A to Z Recycling, where they sold employees aluminum, copper and large-gauged utility wire marked “property of AEP."

Charges against an employee were dismissed as part of the company's deal. Another employee pleaded guilty last year and was fined $1,000.