NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


July 9, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

VIRGINIA MAN CHARGED WITH WATER POLLUTION

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Abdul Rahman Rahimi, 37, of the 6400 block of Lake Meadow Drive in Burke, Virginia, has been charged in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County with two water pollution offenses. The charges allege that Rahimi violated the State's water pollution laws on September 29, 2000, by illegally discharging fuel oil into waters of the State and illegally discharging a pollutant into waters of the State in Montgomery County.

If convicted of Illegal Discharge of Fuel Oil into Waters of the State, Rahimi could be sentenced to a year in prison and/or fined $50,000. If convicted of Illegal Discharge of any Pollutant into Waters of the State, Rahimi could be sentenced to a year in prison and/or fined $25,000. The filing of charges is merely an accusation of criminal wrongdoing and each individual is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

These charges follow a joint investigation conducted by the Environmental Crimes Unit of the Office of the Attorney General and the Maryland State Police with the assistance of the Maryland Department of Environment's Emergency Response Division.

Trial for Rahimi has been set for September 25th in Rockville.

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