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For Immediate Release
September 27, 2002
Contact: Sean Caine, 410-576-6357

NEW JERSEY COMPANY AND ITS VICE PRESIDENT ARE
INDICTED FOR RADIATION VIOLATIONS

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that the Grand Juries of Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County have indicted Joseph Ferenc, 45, and United Evaluations, Inc. on four counts each of violations of the State's radiation control regulations.

Ferenc is the Vice-President of industrial radiography company, United Evaluation Services, Inc., of Beachwood, New Jersey (formerly known as Accurate Technologies, Inc.). The Anne Arundel County indictments allege that on or about September 25, 2001 at 905 Pittman Road, Ferenc and the company failed to control the occupational dose of radiation to an individual adult as required by law. Ferenc and the company are also alleged to have permitted an individual to act as a radiographer without wearing a combination of safety meters as required, and to have failed to provide annual refresher safety training for each radiographer at intervals not to exceed 12 months. In addition, the indictments allege that Ferenc and United Evaluations failed to comply with the conditions of their Maryland license.

In Baltimore City, Ferenc and the company are charged with failing to report within 24 hours an event involving the loss of control of a licensed source of radiation. Ferenc and the company also allegedly failed to maintain an office in Maryland, failed to maintain required records at an office in Maryland, and failed to notify the Agency in writing no less than 30 days before vacating its premises. In addition, the indictments charge that Ferenc and the company did not comply with regulations that require them to notify the Agency in writing immediately following the filing of a petition for bankruptcy under any Chapter of Title 11 (Bankruptcy) of the United States Code.

Each count of the indictment is a misdemeanor that carries a potential penalty of one year in prison and/or a fine of $25,000.

An indictment is merely an allegation; all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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