Trash King's Bean Counter Heads to Slammer

An accountant for a disgraced trash king will be spending time in the slammer, just like his former boss.

Christopher Rayner, 47, of Wilmington, N.C, has been sentenced to 29 months in prison got participated in price fixing for hauling services in Connecticut and New York.

Rayner worked for 25 Connecticut trash companies formerly owned by James Galante, of Danbury. In 2005, Rayner admitted he attempted unsuccessfully to help fix a bid for the operation of a transfer station in Connecticut.

Galante owned the Danbury Trashers of the United Hockey League. He was sentenced to a more than seven-year-prison term.

Prosecutors said Rayner admitted he and others circumvented the league's $275,000 annual salary cap through fraudulent salary cap reports to the league.

In addition to prison time, Rayner must hand over $150,000 and pay a $7,500 fine in U.S. District Court in New Haven.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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