- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) - Five Baltimore workers and six commercial trash haulers have been indicted in two alleged years-long schemes involving bribes and thefts to defraud the city.

A federal grand jury returned the indictments, which were unsealed Tuesday, on May 28.

One indictment charges that commercial trash haulers paid bribes to landfill employees in exchange for not charging dumping fees. Prosecutors say the alleged scheme lasted for 14 years and involved Department of Public Works employees. Authorities say Baltimore lost nearly $6 million in dumping fees in this alleged plot.

The second indictment claims that landfill employees stole and sold scrap metal dumped at Baltimore trash collection sites. Prosecutors say this alleged scheme cost the city $1 million over nine years.

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