Landlord Sentenced for Submitting False Lead Certificate
MD ( Nov. 18, 2010) -Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler today announced that Emmauel Lamptey of Bowie pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court of Baltimore City to the charge of submitting a fraudulent lead certificate. Judge Timothy Doory sentenced Lamptey to 18 months incarceration, all suspended, and a $50,000 fine, of which $45,000 was suspended. Lamptey was placed on probation and ordered to complete 800 hours of community service within the next two years. Lamptey will have to complete his community service with the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning or a similar program. The fine will be paid directly to the Lead Poisoning Prevention Fund administered by the Maryland Department of the Environment.
Lamptey owns a number of rental properties, including one located on North Grantley Street in Baltimore City. In July of 2009, that property was rented to a new tenant who had a 4 year old child. The new tenant requested on multiple occasions that Lamptey provide her with a copy of the new lead inspection certificate, as required by law. The investigation found that the certificate number listed had previously been issued and completed for a different property owned by Lamptey. The inspector was contacted and stated that he had never done any inspection at the property in question and never signed off on any certificate for that property.
To combat the health hazards resulting from lead poisoning, all rental properties in Maryland are required to pass a certified inspection for lead contamination every time a new tenant takes over occupancy. Certificates are obtained through the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Lead Prevention Program.
The conviction follows a joint investigation by Environmental Crimes Unit of the Office of the Attorney General, the Maryland State Police and the Maryland Department of the Environment. In making today’s announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Michelle Barnes for her work on the case.