Three More Plead Guilty in Million-Dollar Toilet Paper Ripoff Scheme

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A million-dollar scheme in Palm Beach involving bogus government toilet-paper regulation is slowly... unraveling.

Three men pleaded guilty earlier this month to conspiracy charged linked to their involvement with FBK Products LLC, which sold a septic tank treatment they claimed helped break down "second generation" toilet paper that was being mandated by the EPA, USDA, and FDA.

Scott Weiss, 54, Mitchell Friedman, 52, and Richard Chiat, 46, all admitted to selling more than $1 million worth of Septic Remedy, according to prosecutors. Three others pleaded guilty last November for their involvement; they, and one other man, were sentenced in February to two years' supervised release after prosecutors convinced them to cooperate with authorities.

FBK made its money by telling old people there was a new kind of toilet paper being sold now, and their old septic tanks would clog up if they didn't purchase Septic Remedy, which is still listed on the company's website, albeit under the statement that "FBK is NOT selling or shipping ANY products at this time." Prosecutors say some elderly people bought enough Septic Remedy to last them 70 years.

Court documents indicate Weiss, Friedman, and Chiat were all Palm Beach County residents and managers of the company at some point between 2005 and 2011; they would give the fraudulent sales scripts to telemarketers to sell people a five-year supply of Septic Remedy, then make other people call customers back and tell them their purchase wasn't enough, that they needed "phase II" to "address problems associated with the new toilet paper, soap, and detergents."

Documents also say the crew offered "risk free" trials and then didn't accept returns, and maintained an "idiot list" of people "who could easily be persuaded to purchase additional quantities of the product," according to prosecutors. They also at various times told people, falsly, that Septic Remedy had been developed with a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency and that "the government would shut down septic systems that did not pass inspection."

They called as far away as Pennsylvania and Idaho to hock their wares, earning 267 complaints with the Better Business Bureau in the process. Their sentencing fo is set for Sept. 12.



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George Smith
George Smith

Bacteria must be present in your septic tank to break down the solids and toilet paper. Without the healthy bacteria the waste in the septic tank will get out to your leach field and cause clogs in the leach lines. It will also cause back-ups into your home!! You do not want that to happen! The best way to make sure you have bacteria in your system is to use a bacteria additive monthly. Most of the over the counter stuff doesn't work so call your septic pumping company and ask them if they offer any type of bacteria additive that will help your septic tank. Another way is to use all natural cleaners. The harsh chemicals in every day cleaning products are great for killing bacteria on your counter and hands but they also kill the good bacteria in your septic tank. By switching to all natural cleaners you won't only be helping your septic tank but also the environment!! To learn more about maintaining a healthy septic system go to http://www.wrenvironmental.com

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