March 23, 2004
COUNTY MAN CHARGED FOR WETLANDS AND SEDIMENT VIOLATIONS IN
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY
The Office of the Attorney General announced today that a Baltimore
County man has been charged for wetlands and sediment violations.
C. Richard Edgar Benson, 36, is charged with performing construction
without an approved sediment control plan, and with two counts
of conducting unauthorized activities on a tidal wetland, on the
north side of Arundel on the Bay Road at Thomas Point Road, Anne
Arundel County, Maryland.
The charging document alleges that Benson dredged and filled
private tidal wetlands at that location on or about October
20, 2003. Performing
construction without an approved sediment control plan is a misdemeanor
that carries a potential maximum penalty of one year in prison
and/or $10,000. Each count of conducting unauthorized activities
in a tidal wetland is a misdemeanor that carries a potential
maximum penalty of a $10,000.
charging document is merely an allegation; all defendants are
presumed innocent until proven guilty.
charges result from an investigation by the Environmental Crimes
Unit of the Attorney General’s Office and the Anne Arundel
County Department of Inspections and Permits, with the assistance
of the Water Management Administration of the Maryland Department
of the Environment and the Maryland State Police.
Benson’s initial appearance is scheduled for March 29 in
the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County.