3 in Fla. guilty in septic toilet paper scam

4:30 PM, Jun 9, 2012   |    comments
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Three men have pleaded guilty in Florida to federal charges that they bilked septic tank owners out of more than $1 million partly through bogus toilet paper claims.

Two men, 54-year-old Scott Weiss and 52-year-old Mitchell Friedman, pleaded guilty this week to wire fraud conspiracy. The third man, 46-year-old Richard Chiat, pleaded guilty earlier this month. All face maximum five-year prison sentences.

Court documents show the men marketed products around the country they falsely claimed would eliminate the need for septic tank pumping. They also falsely told people the government had changed the composition of toilet paper and their products would work with those supposed changes.

In addition, prosecutors say the three made fraudulent claims that federal government agencies stood behind their products, sold as FBK and Septic Remedy.

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