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Mar 8, 2013 1:27 PM by AP

Prosecutors dropping charges in La. landfill probe

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Justice Department is dropping fraud charges against a Louisiana landfill executive and his brother-in-law in a case marred by allegations of prosecutorial misconduct.

A court filing Friday by prosecutors says its request to dismiss the indictment of River Birch landfill executive Dominick Fazzio and Mark Titus is based on "evidentiary concerns and in the interests of justice."

The New Orleans-based U.S. attorney's office recused itself from the case last year after the resignation of prosecutor Sal Perricone, who admitted he had been anonymously posting comments on a newspaper's website about judges, politicians and cases he handled. The scandal led to the December 2012 resignation of U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.

Fazzio and Titus were charged with conspiring to embezzle nearly $1 million from a New Orleans-based construction management company.

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