Something Stinks. It Could Be This $1 Million Septic Tank Scam

It was announced earlier this month that defendants Mary Moore, Joseph Nouerand and Christopher Lincoln plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for… get this… knowingly participating in a shame to fraudulently market and sell unnecessary and unneeded septic treatment products to consumers.

The three acted in cahoots with other employees of FBK Products, a Florida company that specializes in home maintenance products.

During the plea, the defendants admitted to participating in a scheme beginning from March of 2009 through October 2010. Using the name FBK and Septic Remedy, the defendants and their employees made sales pitches to possible customers in various states that misled them into believing that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture were affiliated with the septic treatment product that the defendants were marketing telephonically under the name Septic Remedy.

As a further part of the scheme, the defendants and others fraudulently misled residents into believing that Septic Remedy would eliminate the need for having their septic tank pumped; that government regulations had changed the components of toilet paper; and that the version of Septic Remedy being marketed by the defendants was a second generation product, reformulated to work on allegedly new toilet papers. Through this scheme, some elderly customers were defrauded into purchasing more than seventy years worth of toilet paper.


FBK Products’ website (pictured above) claims that if a consumer used “Septic Remedy in conjunction with our EXCLUSIVE Septic Warranty, and our full line of Septic friendly products, and you may never have another worry with your septic system again.”

Sentencing is scheduled for February of 2012. The fraud was valued at approximately $1,000,000.

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