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Waste Management / October 8, 2018

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A dumpster is emptied by a Waste Management truck in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Photo: David J. Phillip, STF This morning, Houston City Council voted and approved a two-year, $5, 758, 000 contract with Waste Management to continue to provide uninterrupted, bi-weekly curbside recycling services to city of Houston residents. lessThis morning, Houston City Council voted and approved a two-year, $5, 758, 000 contract with Waste Management to continue to provide uninterrupted, bi-weekly curbside recycling services to city of Houston ... more

David P. Steiner
President and Chief Executive Officer
Waste Management, Inc.
Base Salary $1, 275, 891
Bonus $0
Stock awards $6, 760, 136
Stock options $1, 307, 441
Total compensation $11, 573, 375

David P. Steiner
President and Chief Executive Officer
Waste Management, Inc.
Base Salary $1, 275, 891
Bonus $0
Stock awards $6, 760, 136
Stock options $1, 307, 441
Total compensation $11, 573, 375

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Devina Rankin was appointed CFO, senior vice president and treasurer for Waste Management Inc on Feb. 27.

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James C. Fish, Jr., is the new CEO of Houston-based global disposal and recycling company Waste Management.

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Two low-level Houston bosses at one of the country's largest trash collection companies were sentenced to federal prison Friday for stealing identities of U.S. citizens and using them to hire more than 100 undocumented garbage collectors.

U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon ordered both Rudy Martinez, 36, and Israel Arquimides Martinez, 39, both Salvadoran nationals living in Houston, to serve more than seven years in federal prison.

Rudy Martinez, who was higher up the chain of command. will serve several more months than his co-defendant. The two men are not related. They both face deportations upon completion of their sentences.

At the hearing, the judge determined both men had played a key role in the identity scheme because they were in supervisory roles.

According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Harmon mentioned that their crimes involved more than 100 individuals who were unauthorized to work in the U.S. She said Rudy Martinez obstructed justice by testifying falsely under oath and threatening a witness.

Defense attorney Kent A. Schaffer said it's an unspoken truth that garbage collection companies like Waste Management, just like other companies offering low wage work, often hire undocumented workers to take positions few citizens would consider.

His client Israel Martinez was "probably at the lowest point on the totem pole" as a lead driver at the work site, "yet he got one of the highest sentences in the case, " Schaffer said.

"I thought it was grossly unfair. It was clear from the evidence that he profited in no way, " he said. "He was nothing but a truck driver who was approached by supervisors to assist them in their scheme to keep the jobs filled."

The defense attorneys for Rudy Martinez, the route supervisor, could not be reached for comment.

The undocumented workers involved in the identity theft scheme worked at an Afton Road hauling site run by a Waste Management subcontractor. They were fired and then rehired in 2012 with other people's identities. Workers facing deportation also testified about the hiring scheme.

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