SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - An Anaheim man was arrested today for submitting false or fraudulent documents to a government agency stating that he was in compliance with environmental laws.
Amgad Abdelmassihe, 41, is charged with one felony count of Submission of False or Fraudulent Documents to a Government Agency, and one felony count of Forgery.
Abdelmassihe owned and operated the MA Food and Gas, formerly known as the Valero 7th Street Gas Station located at 15603 7th Street in the City of Victorville.
According to Lead Deputy District Attorney Doug Poston, who is assigned to the case, gas stations are required by law to have annual inspections to confirm proper maintenance and compliance with environmental laws.
"The laws and regulations are in place to ensure that underground storage tanks do not leak toxic and flammable automotive fuels into the water tables, which in some cases lie a short distance from the surface of the earth," said Poston.
Gas station owners are required to supply legitimate documentation of proper facility maintenance to the San Bernardino County Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Division, which recently took over the responsibility from the City of Victorville for the regulation of all facilities which handle hazardous materials or wastes.
"Our office remains committed to the protection of our natural resources, and if a regulated business falsifies documentation or tries to avoid compliance with the rules designed to protect our communities from poisoning the air we breathe and the water we drink, they can expect to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said District Attorney Mike Ramos. "It's simple, follow the rules or go to jail."
District Attorney Investigators arrested Abdelmassihe at his place of business and he was booked into West Valley Detention Center. He is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 12 in Victorville Superior Court. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison.