Group ran 'Seinfeld'-like can caper, officials say
By Joe Swickard
Detroit Free Press
MICHIGAN — A get-rich scheme played for laughs on classic primetime TV was run for real, authorities said today, in announcing the break-up of an alleged racket that cashed in big time on Michigan’s bottle deposit law.
Fifteen people in Michigan and Ohio — the alleged smugglers as well as merchants — were charged in felony warrants with bundling millions of out-of-state cans and redeeming them for the dime-apiece deposit in Michigan. State, local and federal agents arrested at least 13 suspects and seized more than $500,000.