Grantsville Man Charged with Illegal Discharge of
and Failure to Report Discharge to Authorities
BALTIMORE, MD (May 17, 2007) - Maryland Attorney General Douglas
F. Gansler announced today that Marvin G. Murphy, 36, of 4599 Chestnut
Ridge Road in Grantsville has been charged in the Circuit Court
for Frederick County with illegally discharging oil in an area
likely to pollute waters of the state and failing to report the
discharge of oil.
The charges allege
that Murphy violated the State’s Water
Pollution laws on August 18, 2006, by illegally discharging fuel
oil at 6724 Jefferson Blvd., Braddock Heights, in Frederick County
and by failing to report the incident immediately to the Maryland
Department of the Environment.
If convicted of the charges, Murphy could be sentenced to one
year in prison and/or fined $50,000 for each charge. The filing
of charges is merely an accusation of criminal wrongdoing and each
individual is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
These charges follow
an investigation by the Environmental Crimes Unit of the Office
of the Attorney General with the assistance
of the Maryland Department of Environment’s Waste Management
Administration’s Oil Control Program. In making today’s
announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney
General Jay Robinson for his work on the case.