The company currently operates 30 single-stream recycling facilities throughout North America. And with any growing He was the one that actually set the numbers for earning targets. By reason of the foregoing, defendants Buntrock, Rooney, Koenig, Hau, Getz, and Tobecksen, directly or indirectly, violated or aided and abetted violations of section 17 a of the Securities Act, Section 10 b of the Exchange Act, and Exchange Act rule 10b-5. We are the industry's global leader. Without these adjustments, the Company would have reported a substantial decline in earnings, and not the moderate 5% growth that was reported.
And you, their consumer, have no recourse. He set earnings targets, fostered a culture of fraudulent accounting, personally directed certain of the accounting changes to make the targeted earnings, and was the spokesperson who announced the company's phony numbers. The report included the financial information that was disclosed in the April 21, 1997 press release. The report included the financial information that was disclosed in the July 17, 1996 press release. Industrialization and economic growth has produced more amounts of waste, including hazardous and toxic wastes.
The budgets for the top-level adjustments were based upon the existing accounting assumptions being used. Mazzarella - chairman, president and chief executive officer, Graybar Electric Company, Inc. Buntrock founded Waste Management in 1968 and took the Company public in 1971. Key Compliance Processes An organization has a number of processes to promote compliance with regulations concerning fraud, waste, and abuse. By reason of the forgoing, Rooney knew or recklessly disregarded facts indicating that the impact of the 1993, 1995 and 1996 changes in depreciation estimates was material to the Company's current and future period earnings. In fact, the Company was not growing at all.
For the periods from the first quarter of 1992 through the first quarter of 1997, Koenig knew or recklessly disregarded facts indicating that the Company's publicly disseminated financial information contained in periodic reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, registration statements incorporating those periodic reports, and press releases of annual and quarterly earnings misstated and omitted material facts. The complaint, filed in U. No additional work was ever performed on the project, and the memorandum was never provided to the auditors. Throughout the relevant period, Buntrock received quarterly information on the top-level adjustments and the extent to which the quarterly top-level adjustments, and unbudgeted increases thereto, improved the Company's reported earnings. Furthermore, aside from money, those people can maintain their high social status by constantly using those ill-gotten gains to contribute to charitable affairs, which will give them a lot of respect and power. For example, defendants never disclosed the use of bundling and basketing or the policy to write off dead projects over twenty-years. The Company was anticipating even greater growth in earnings 23.
Instead, defendants allowed known errors to accumulate until future netting opportunities arose. The settlement was announced on May 2, 2011 by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Attorney General Martha Coakley's office. The Company ran its trucks until they could be run no more. Waste Management will also assist Terrabon in securing organic waste streams. This initial implementation was to be followed in two months with a company-wide implementation from Waste Management's headquarters in Houston, Texas.
Defendants, directly or indirectly, used the means and instrumentalities of interstate commerce, or of the mails, or of the facilities of a national securities exchange, in connection with the acts, practices, and courses of conduct alleged herein. In August 2009, Waste Management announced that it would join as a strategic investor in Terrabon L. The benefits were based on the participant's average compensation, including salary and bonus, for the three consecutive years in which the participant's total compensation was highest. Among other perks, the incentive bonus program for the senior officers was tied to the Company's achieving targeted earnings for the year. This also led to a major drop in stock price. In 1998, Waste Management was involved in the largest accounting scandal involving an American company to date.
These new garbage and recycling trucks comprise one of the nation's largest fleets of heavy-duty trucks powered exclusively by natural gas. They met with Koenig and Hau to discuss the quarter's results on July 16, 1996, one day before the Company released its second quarter earnings. The lockout was stopped when affected communities started legal actions against Waste Management. The most important thing for such kinds of companies is to meet the estimated numbers on paper, whichever technique is to be used. Tobecksen's method did not account for fully depreciated vehicles and, as a result, miscalculated the top-level adjustment and overstated income. The so-called borrowed adjustments alone boosted reported earnings from continuing operations by over 15%. On February 6, 1996, the Company released its earnings for the fourth quarter and year-end 1995.
Long after the Restatement, the Company obtained a permit that allowed limited vertical expansion of the existing Live Oak facility. Founded in 1894, Waste Management is the largest disposal company in North America, handling over half of the garbage pickup in the United States. Over the two weeks immediately preceding the April 21, 1997 release of the Company's results for the first quarter of 1997, Rooney sold all of his remaining holdings, 459,748 shares of the Company's stock. It teamed up with Live Nation to forward the Recycling Rocks! Additionally, Rooney knew or recklessly disregarded facts indicating that the failure to write off promptly the deferred permitting costs of impaired and abandoned projects, the subsequent netting of such costs, and the lack of disclosure were part of the Company's scheme to manage earnings, conceal the operating realities of the Company, and correct known accounting errors only if it could be done without disclosure or a significant impact on earnings. Top management's repeated unsupported changes in depreciation estimates prompted Arthur Andersen to recommend changes. Throughout these efforts, the complaint says, Andersen fully understood the extent of the accounting misrepresentations and repeatedly tried to press Waste Management executives to change their practices or correct errors, with little success.
Buntrock knew or recklessly disregarded facts indicating that the Company's financial statements and disclosures were materially false and misleading as a result of the second quarter sweep and the inclusion of non-recurring, non-operating income in reported income from continuing operations. In order for the fraudsters to cover their tracks, the stakeholders bribed Arthur Andersen by telling them that they would receive additional fees outside of the agreement that they originally had made. Buntrock knew that the Company's 1996 results were benefited by the undisclosed non-recurring, non-operating income and by the second quarter sweep. But in truth, if such material misrepresentations were taking place, the company would have been obligated under the law to disclose them and immediately restate earnings, not try to adjust the problems over many years. The misstatements materially understated expenses thereby overstating reported earnings.