By John Toole
DERRY — The owner of SportsZone was fined $10,000 and sentenced to three days in jail for his role in a bottle redemption scam, the Maine Attorney General's Office announced Monday.
Dennis Reed, 67, pleaded guilty to 10 theft counts and was sentenced in York County Superior Court.
Reed was caught last year making an after-hours delivery of thousands of containers collected in New Hampshire to Green Bee Redemption in Kittery.
Reed obtained more than $4,400 from fraudulent redemption of New Hampshire containers in Maine, prosecutors said.
He claimed 5-cent refunds from Maine bottle distributors, although no deposit was paid and bottles from New Hampshire aren't eligible for redemption in Maine, prosecutors said.
"Out-of-state interests that attempt to illegally cash in through the redemption of their containers here in Maine will be prosecuted," Attorney General William J. Schneider said. "Reed's crime increased the costs to both Maine consumers and Maine-based distributors, businesses that in turn provide jobs to Maine residents."
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