LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say they've trashed three recycling schemes that involved trucking millions of bottles and cans into California so fraudsters could claim state redemption money.
The attorney general's office said Wednesday that 31 people have been arrested on suspicion of illegally collecting more than $3.5 million in redemption money.
California charges consumers up to 10 cents for beverage bottles and cans, which is refunded when they're recycled.
Authorities say the three crime rings brought in bottles and cans from Nevada and Arizona, which don't have redemption programs.
Authorities say the loads were taken to recycling centers in Riverside, San Bernardino, Imperial and San Diego counties.
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