Report: OR scrap company pleads to charges
The president of an Oak Ridge scrap metal company pleaded guilty earlier this week on behalf of the company to charges that the company knowingly bought railroad metal and falsified documents to cover up the crime. Noble Metals president and CEO Neal Weegens appeared in Anderson County Criminal Court and pleaded guilty to six misdemeanors. According to the News-Sentinel, the company received judicial diversion and was placed on probation through September 17th, at which time if they have complied with the terms of the probation, the charge will be expunged from their records. Noble Metals was also fined $3000 and ordered to pay $3000 to the state’s Fraud and Economic Crime Fund. The company was named in an indictment in September of 2012 following an investigation by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department and railroad police.