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Hayden Environmental Fraudster Pleads Guilty

Kurt Hayden Ordered to Repay $1.6 Million in False Claims


Friday, June 21, 2013
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A man who defrauded the state for environmental work he didn’t complete will have to repay the $1.6 million he falsely claimed. Kurt Hayden pled guilty Friday to a felony count of filing a false claim with the State Water Resources Control Board’s Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund.

As part of the plea deal, charges against Hayden’s wife, Julie Hayden, were dismissed, as was a civil suit filed against the couple and their business. The two ran Hayden Environmental, Inc., a Santa Barbara-based company. According to authorities, the Haydens lied on invoices submitted to the Cleanup Fund for sites in and around Santa Barbara. State authorities said the couple billed for hours not worked and equipment never used, and that they received payments they were not entitled to.

In addition to the order to repay $1.6 million, Hayden was sentenced to 180 days in County Jail and three years of probation. “The result of the Hayden case is a reflection of the Unit’s dedication and commitment to prosecuting individuals committing fraud against the Cleanup Fund,” said Cris Carrigan, director of the Office of Enforcement. “Expect to see more prosecutions in the coming year.”

The Haydens were originally facing charges of grand theft of personal property, presenting a fraudulent claim, and conspiracy to commit a crime.

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Wow, spirtwalker I think you left out the other two most dangerous species that puts fear in grown men: Tidewater Goby and the Central Coast Tiger Salamander. Mess with those two species at your own peril.

CManSB (anonymous profile)
June 21, 2013 at 10:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

" it would REALLY be a scoop if someone reported that the whole environmental "industry" is nothing more than a make-work scam"

There's a simple reason why no one has made this scoop ... it's a lie.

JayB (anonymous profile)
June 22, 2013 at 9:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"For example. the same Western Snowy Plover is found all the way from the Great Salt lake in Utah to the Mexican border."
-- spiritwalker

Thanks for the rant. One does not often see such utter ignorance on display. Can we assume you cannot even find wikipedia to start your road to the facts?

SezMe (anonymous profile)
June 24, 2013 at 2:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So, I get a call from Chris at around 11:00 a.m. asking me for a comment on a story, and then I respond to him by email at 4:59 p.m. only to get an email from Chris on Friday June 21, at 5:06 p.m. saying that he no longer works for the Independent.

What gives? Why the sudden and abrupt departure?

DarrylGenis (anonymous profile)
June 24, 2013 at 6:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Nice one there Spiritwalker.

Making a jump from cleaning up gasoline that has leaked into the soil and groundwater to birds and lizards.

Too bad you're not on that list as well. i.e. Koo Koo Bird!

Riceman (anonymous profile)
June 25, 2013 at 9:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)