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Two West Virginia Residents Sentenced in Asbestos Case

Release Date: 07/14/2004
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Christopher Lagan 202-564-7338 /

(07/14/04) Elaine Mauck and Jess Mauck, co-owners of a company called “Crim de la Crim.” in Martinsburg, W.Va., were sentenced on June 25 for crimes arising from the illegal removal of asbestos. The defendants will each serve three years probation, the first six months in home detention. They were also ordered to pay $52,000 in restitution for medical monitoring of workers they illegally hired to remove and dispose of asbestos from a building in Martinsburg between November 2000 and February 2001. Elaine Mauck pled guilty to illegally removing asbestos in violation of the Clean Air Act. Jess Mauck pled guilty to illegally removing and disposing of asbestos without a license in violation of the Toxic Substances and Control Act. At the plea hearing, an EPA Criminal Investigation Division (EPA/CID) Special Agent testified that the defendants hired and then exposed untrained workers to asbestos without protection during the removal and disposal of asbestos from the building. Sentencing was handed down in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia in Wheeling, W.Va. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division Office in Wheeling, the FBI and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection with the assistance of EPA’s National Enforcement Investigations Center. It was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Wheeling, W.Va. and the Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.