The North American division of recycler Sims Metal has settled a theft deterrence lawsuit in California for $4.1 million, the company has announced.
The suit involved San Francisco and Contra Costa county prosecutors, who alleged that Sims failed to follow state-implemented guidelines to curb metal theft.
During sting operations, employees at Sims-owned facilities in Northern California accepted scrap that was clearly stolen, said prosecutors.
“In no way does today’s resolution mean that any actions by the company resulted in harm to the public or its customers," the company stated in a news release to media. “Nor did the company admit to any liability in this case [...]. While the company disagreed with the size of the financial settlement in this case, the company believed it was important to put this disagreement behind it.”
The facilities were also charged with failing to follow record-keeping requirements.
To settle the case, the company agreed to a total civil payment of $2.7 million and a reimbursement of $1.4 million for investigation costs.