June 9, 2005
DUNDALK BUILDER CONVICTED AND SENTENCED FOR GRADING
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that
Cyril Richard Edgar Benson, 37, of the 8100 block of Shore
Road in Dundalk,
Maryland, was convicted in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel
County of conducting unauthorized work in a private tidal
Anne Arundel County officials had told Benson, who had contracts
to build houses for two adjoining property owners, that no work
could be done in the tidal wetlands that covered part of the
property on Arundel on the Bay Road. On October 20, 2003 Benson
on the site located in the Oyster Harbor neighborhood. County
inspectors from the Department of Inspections and Permits went
to the scene
after receiving a citizen complaint about work at that location
and discovered that the tidal wetlands had been recently graded.
While there the County inspectors saw truckloads of fill dirt
being dumped on the ground and being pushed back toward the wetlands
by heavy construction equipment.
The Honorable Paul A. Hackner of the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel
County imposed a $10,000 fine, and suspended $2,500, requiring
Benson to pay $7,500. Benson was placed on eighteen months of
probation and ordered to complete 100 hours of community work
maximum penalty for filling or grading wetlands without a license
is up to a $10,000 fine.
This conviction follows a joint investigation conducted by the
Environmental Crimes Unit of the Office of the Attorney General
and the Maryland State Police Department, with the assistance of
the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Anne Arundel
County Department of Inspections and Permits.