Tarpon man gets prison for Oklahoma pollution

Associated Press
Published October 8, 2005

OKLAHOMA CITY - A federal judge has sentenced a Tarpon Springs man who heads a Houston painting company to 16 months in prison and fined him $10,000 for improperly disposing of old paint containing lead.

U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton sentenced Drossos J. Tiliakos, 61, on Friday, and also fined Tiliakos' company, J&N International Coatings Inc., $20,000, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

J&N International was accused of dumping paint blasted off two Interstate 44 bridges at a landfill not authorized to handle such waste. It would have cost more to dump the paint in a proper facility. The company was also accused of bribing a state-paid inspector to falsely document that it was complying with environmental rules.

Nikoleta M. Tiliakos, 30, of Houston, the secretary-treasurer of J&N International, pleaded guilty to concealing the bribes and was sentenced to two years' probation and fined $2,500.