UPDATE: Bob Bolus, Family Members Charged In Minuteman Investigation

LEWISBURG — A well-known Scranton area business man and several members of his family have been hit with theft and fraud charges from the state attorney general’s office.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced charges against Minuteman companies and its owner Brian Bolus, along with family members Bob Bolus Sr., Robert Bolus Jr., Debra Bolus, Julie Bolus, and Sophie Gregory.

The attorney general claims Minuteman companies illegally dumped waste products from shale gas drilling and defrauded clients by overbilling.

The charges come after evidence was presented to a statewide grand jury that recommended criminal charges.

Last year, state agents raided Minuteman Environmental Services in Milton, a company that hauls fluid and equipment for the natural gas industry. On Friday, Bolus family members appeared in Union County court to face charges.

Most of the Bolus family members did not have anything to say after they left the Union County Courthouse in Lewisburg but Mountain Top attorney Debra Bolus said she had a lot of comments.

“I’m not going to give them on the advice of my council, but thank you,” she said.

Minuteman Environmental Services owner Brian Bolus is charged with insurance fraud. Prosecutors say he and his father, Scranton businessman Bob Bolus Sr. defrauded insurance companies out of a half million dollars.

It was just over one year ago that Minuteman Environmental Services in Milton was raided by the state attorney general’s office. Investigators removed dozens of boxes from the facility and questioned employees.

Prosecutors say Minuteman’s owner, Brian Bolus, violated the state’s clean streams law and solid waste management act, by illegally dumping waste water from well sites.

“They are small-minded, petty, poorly investigated, relying solely on information from a tiny number of disenchanted former employees,” said Brian Bolus’ attorney Joshua Lock.

The attorney general’s office disagrees.

Brian Bolus has been charged with 16 counts of insurance fraud, and 42 other criminal charges.bolus minuteman defendants

The other four are Brian’s brother Bob Bolus Jr., his mother Julie Bolus, his sister Debra Bolus, and his father’s fiancĂ©e Sophie Gregory. They have been labelled ghost employees of Minuteman or Bolus Truck Parts and Towing Services/

Investigators say these so-called ghost employees were not on the payroll but were listed as employees so they could be on a company’s health care plan.

All four are charged with 16 counts of insurance fraud and other charges.

Scranton businessman Bob Bolus Sr. was also charged with insurance fraud and theft. He is currently serving time in the Lackawanna County jail for an unrelated case.bob bolus sr

“Mr. Bolus Sr. has nothing whatsoever to do with these companies and he never has. So why he’s included in these charges is a mystery,” Lock said.

The state attorney general’s office says it stands by all of these charges.

As for the future of Minuteman, Brian Bolus’ attorney says the Northumberland County company is currently in a reorganization phase after filing for bankruptcy earlier this year, but it continues to operate. He is unsure how business will be affected by these charges.

If convicted of all 64 charges, Brian Bolus faces a maximum fine of nearly $1.4 million.

Click here to read the release from the attorney general’s office.

13 comments

  • Cyndi Bruzgulis

    I can assure you that there are more than just “a tiny amount of disenchanted former employees”,. I have yet to meet a former employee who has anything positive to say about any Bolus. Fines and Jail time do not seem out of order for any of them!!

  • Russ

    People like “TED” humiliate themselves & all of NE Pa when they insist on posting but can’t even spell, or are not smart enough to use a spellchecker. Check your facts also, “TED”, Bolus Motor Lines on Keyser Ave is not owned by these Bolus’s. And now that we’ve established your credibility “TED”, I’m sure you’re “spot on” about the judges being paid off. As far as the clan being charged here……they, along with TED, bring great embarrassment upon themselves.

    • Ted

      Not embarrassed at all there Mr “Russ”.
      There is only one Bolus Motor Lines in the valley and they are one and the same.
      And everybody in the trucking industry around NEPA knows of their criminal record.
      They are only an “embarrassment” unto themselves.
      BTW, you wouldn’t happen 2 B Russ Bolus would you?? (I used the acronym “2 B” & “4 U”
      just to bypass my spell check).

  • Ted

    This isn’t the first time Mr Bolus has been in trouble with the law.
    He owns a trucking company over on Keiser Ave and was convicted
    on two counts of possesion of stolen property in connection with
    organized crime in the area. As is usuall the local judges were
    paid off and the case swept under the rug. I imagine the same
    will happen in this case.

  • Garrett smith

    Yes Eugene Fitzgerald just like the solar company obama dumped million in to that went bankrupt less then 2 years later with the execs walking away with several million dollar severance packages each they also were an American success story

    • Tim R

      Solyndra has nothing to do with this case any more than any other failed business. This is not only a failed business, crimes have been committed. Unless you really believe District Attorneys try cases just for fun? Illegal dumping of drilling waste, defrauding insurance companies and setting up ghost employees are all very similar to a solar company? Hmmm.

  • Bruce

    Northeast Pennsylvania CESSPOOL OF CORRUPTION in part because law enforcement does not clamp down until the damage is done. WAKE UP. Go after FAMILY court, save the children and loving families.

  • jane doe

    The whole family have been snakines for years conspiring new ideas to screw anyone and everyone they could lock em up and throw away the key.pathetic they get a fine but are not facing jail time.bob bolus was just in trouble not to long ago with insurance fraud do u think this fine will stop them from thinking of new ways to screw people over i think not

  • Me

    Only in PA is there thieves like this. Always overcharging, over billing, thieving, corruption. And where do you think they get these ideas ?? From the stupid politicians that keep getting “re-elected” because no one is running against them. Talk about ghost riders !!!!!!

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