Couple going on trial in NH bottle redemption scam

Posted Aug. 15, 2011, at 9:52 a.m.
Last modified Aug. 15, 2011, at 3:39 p.m.

ALFRED, Maine — A Maine couple accused of passing off no-deposit containers from New Hampshire and Massachusetts as if they were purchased in Maine is going on trial.

Thomas and Megan Woodard, who operated Green Bee Redemption in Kittery, allegedly returned more than 100,000 bottles and cans and effectively stole about $10,000. Indicted in February, the two are accused of deceiving manufacturers, distributors and collection agents from 2008 to 2010.

Jury selection was held Monday in York County Superior Court and opening statements are due to get under way Tuesday for the Woodards, who are being tried together.

The Maine Beverage Association says an estimated 90 million cans and bottles are fraudulently cashed in each year in Maine, costing beverage distributors $8 million to $10 million.

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