Illegal Dumping Nets Fines, Suspended Jail Sentence

Defendant Also Ordered to Perform 150 Hours 'Cleanup' Community Service


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 5, 1999

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that a Glen Burnie man has been given a suspended jail sentence and must pay more than $3000 in fines and restitution for Commercial Littering. Richard Lee Aikens, Jr., 29, 111 West First Street, Glen Burnie, Maryland, pleaded guilty today before Anne Arundel County District Court Judge Nancy Davis-Loomis, who fined Aikens $2500 and sentenced him to a year in jail, suspending the sentence and $2000 of the fine.

According to the Application for Statement of Charges, on February 16, 1999, Aikens was charged with illegally dumping waste at an abandoned farmstead in the 8100 block of New Cut Road, Severn, in Anne Arundel County. The items dumped were various household paints, curing compounds and other home improvement products and household waste.

Aikens was identified through Christmas cards found among the refuse which were traced to a home improvement contractor. That contractor had hired Aikens to legally haul away waste to a proper waste facility. Aikens had previously hauled other loads of refuse for Mr. Thomas.

Mr. Aikens stated that when he hauled the material to the proper facility he was informed that it could not handle that type of waste. So he dumped it at the abandoned farm site, unbeknownst to the contractor.

"Mr. Aikens not only failed to uphold his end of the bargain, he broke the law," said Attorney General Curran. "He sacrificed the environment for his own personal convenience."

This case was investigated by the Attorney General's Environmental Crimes Unit and the Maryland State Police.

Judge Davis-Loomis ordered that Aikens make restitution of $2600 to the Maryland Department of the Environment to cover costs associated with the cleanup. She also ordered that the fine be paid to cover costs of general litter cleanup and control. Aikens must also serve 150 hours of community service of an environmental cleanup nature.


For Further Information Contact:
Frank Mann
Special Assistant to the Attorney General
(410) 576-6357