Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

September 4, 2012

11:40 MORNING UPDATE: Evanoff sentencing date changed

Staff report
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Staff report

Sentencing for former J.L. French executive, Daniel Evanoff, initially scheduled for Wednesday in federal court, has been pushed back two months. The date change has been made to allow Evanoff time to resolve charges against him in Wisconsin

Evanoff, 62, of Plymouth, Wis., pleaded guilty in April in U.S. District Court in Western Kentucky to tampering with a monitoring device and conspiracy to tamper with a monitoring device and defraud the United States in June.

He will be sentenced Nov. 5 in Louisville after Chief Judge Joseph McKinley of the Western District of Kentucky signed an order last week to reschedule the sentencing.

Evanoff was vice president and North American Alloy manager for J.L. French, a Wisconsin company with a plant in Glasgow that manufactures die-cast auto parts from scrap aluminum melted on site. J.L. French has since been sold to Nemak, based in Monterrey, Mexico, is an aluminum automotive components supplier, focusing on engine blocks and cylinder heads. The company also has plants in Dickson, Tenn., and Sylacauga, Ala.

He pleaded guilty to charges of violating the Clean Air Act by instructing and conspiring with employees at the Glasgow plant to falsify production records there.

The conspiracy, which lasted from 2007 to November 2009, was undertaken to get around emissions testing that established that the Glasgow plant could not produce more than 80 ladles per day. At the Glasgow plant, scrap aluminum is melted in furnaces, and the molten product is transferred in ladles to the die-casting operation, where it is cast into auto parts, according to a release from the EPA.

The overproduction had the effect of exceeding emission limits of byproducts that could harm the environment, such as enzene, formaldehyde, chlorine and hydrogen chloride

Evanoff’s charges in Wisconsin, where he pleaded guilty in July in U.S. District Court in Eastern Wisconsin, cover the same types of violations.

Federal court records show that Evanoff’s illegal activity in Wisconsin covered the same time period as the offenses at the Glasgow plant.

He will be sentenced Oct. 24 in federal court in Wisconsin and his attorney, Thomas Brown of Milwaukee, had moved last week for his client’s sentencing in Louisville to be rescheduled for after his sentencing in Wisconsin.

In court documents filed in the Kentucky case, prosecutors are seeking a 30-month prison sentence for Evanoff, while Brown has argued for Evanoff to serve his sentence under home incarceration.