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For Immediate Release
April 21, 2003
Contact: Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
scaine@oag.state.md.us

CURRAN’S ENVIRONMENTAL CRIMES UNIT CHARGES
DORCHESTER COUNTY MAN

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that charges were filed against an individual for the unlawful filling of State and private wetlands without a permit in Dorchester County. Mark Dennis Voinche, 48, of the 2700 block of Toddville Road, Toddville, was charged in a two-count criminal information with the unlawful filling of wetlands without a permit at 2730 Toddville Road, between May 31, 2002 and August 29, 2002.

The filing of a charging document is not evidence of guilt. Voinche is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The maximum penalty for unlawfully filling in State wetlands without a permit is a $1,000 fine. The maximum penalty for unlawfully filling in private wetlands without a permit is a $500 fine. An additional penalty for unlawfully filling wetlands is restoration of the affected wetland.

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