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PA FUMIGATOR CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL USE OF PESTICIDE
Release Date: 04/25/97
FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 1997
FUMIGATOR CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL USE OF PESTICIDE
Ruben Brown of Bellwood, Ill., was arrested on April 24, for allegedly misusing a restricted chemical pesticide, methyl parathion, in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. Brown allegedly used a false certificate to purchase approximately 315 gallons of methyl parathion and applied it in residential structures between August 1996 and April 1997. Methyl parathion is acutely toxic and restricted for outdoor use only. Brown operated a pest control business, Ruben Brown Extermination and J.D. McKinley Extermination in the Chicago area since 1991. If convicted, Brown faces a maximum sentence of one year and a maximum fine of $100,000. A complaint contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. For further information, contact Joshua Buchman, U.S. Attorney's Office, 312-886-4187. This case was investigated by the Criminal Investigation Division and the FBI.
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