April 1, 2004
GEORGE’S LANDSCAPER SENTENCED FOR COMMERCIAL DUMPING
J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the guilty plea and sentencing
of Michael Roy Gordon, 32, of the 9300 block
of Frensham Court in Laurel, Maryland for violating Maryland’s
commercial dumping laws.
owns and operates a landscaping company, pled guilty before the
Honorable Patrice Lewis in the District Court of Maryland
for Prince George’s County. According to the statement of
facts, in October 2002, Gordon was hired by a Laurel homeowner
to haul away household debris. Instead of lawfully disposing of
the debris at a licensed landfill as he had been paid to do, Gordon
took the debris, which included broken furniture and office equipment,
and illegally dumped it on farm property on Church Road in Mitchellville.
By law, the dumping, depositing or leaving of any litter on any
public or private place is prohibited unless the property is designated
by the State, or one of its subdivisions as a disposal site for
such litter. The Church Road property is not an authorized state
or county disposal site.
ordered to pay a $1,200 fine and placed on eighteen months of
probation. The defendant was also ordered to immediately
remove all debris and clean up the victim’s property on Church
Road. Citing the defendant’s lack of any prior criminal record,
Judge Lewis granted Gordon probation before judgment. In the event
that he violates the terms of his probation, the Court has reserved
the right to impose the maximum sentence of up to five years in
jail and/or a fine of $25,000 fine.
The case was
investigated by the Prince George’s County
Police Department and the Maryland State Police and prosecuted
by the Environmental Crimes Unit of the Office of the Attorney