Attorney General announces indictment of Centennial business suspected of defrauding Western Slope restaurants

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has obtained an indictment of Frank Brandse (DOB: 9/1/1969), Erica Wicklund-Brandse (DOB: 11/4/1968) and Centennial-based Pro Grease Trap Services, Inc. on suspicion that they made misrepresentations on official forms and defrauded restaurants in Grand Junction.

According to the indictment, filed in Arapahoe County District Court, Brandse and Wicklund-Brandse defrauded restaurants by failing to evacuate the grease traps of their client restaurants. Instead, the couple’s company is suspected of only partially drawing down the grease traps, moving the truck and then redepositing the waste into the restaurant’s grease traps. According to the indictment, Brandse and Wicklund-Brandse submitted fraudulent documents to their permitting authorities and their clients.

In addition, Brandse and Wicklund-Brandse are suspected of making misrepresentations on their grease-hauling application form from the Persigo Waste Water Plant Pretreatment Division. In that application, Brandse and Wicklund-Brandse are suspected of failing to disclose grease-hauling violations they had been cited for by the Littleton Englewood Water Water and the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.

If convicted, Brandse and Wicklund-Brandse could face up to six years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines on each of the four class-four felonies included in the indictment.

The Office of the Attorney General investigated the case and secured the indictment with the assistance of the Colorado Environmental Crime Task Force, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigations Division and the Persigo Waste Water Plant Pretreatment Division.

Consumer who believe illegal dumping or other environmental crimes have taken place can file a complaint online via www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/environmentalcrime.

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