FBI investigates Creative Recycling Systems

The FBI will take possession of records that Stevens & Stevens Business Records Management has in storage.

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August 12, 2015

The Federal Bureau of Investigations will take possession of more than 100 boxes of documents abandoned by electronics recycling company Creative Recycling Systems, Tampa, Florida, at a storage facility owned by Stevens & Stevens Business Records Management, Clearwater, Florida, as part of Creative’s Chapter 7 bankruptcy case, according to an article in the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

The publication reports that in a hearing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Middle District of Florida in Tampa Aug. 11, 2015, Terri Thomas, an attorney with Fisher & Sauls representing Stevens & Stevens, said the FBI subpoenaed the documents Aug. 7. Judge K. Rodney May authorized Thomas to release the documents to the FBI on behalf of Stevens & Stevens.

Thomas said Stevens & Stevens is storing more than 100 boxes of documents containing historical records and potentially information protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

According to the Tampa Bay Business Journal, the FBI will pick up the documents and pay the related expenses. The FBI could hold the documents for up to four years before shredding and assuming those costs as well, the article notes.

Creative Recycling originally filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2014, which it later converted it to Chapter 7 liquidation.