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New York Company, Proprietor Convicted of Asbestos Crimes

Release Date: 10/16/2003
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Luke C. Hester 202-564-7818 /

(10/16/03) Andre Parker of Riverdale, N.Y., owner of Parker Environmental Management Group Inc., of the Bronx, N.Y., and his company, were convicted on Oct. 2 of 22 felonies related to the widespread falsification of laboratory analysis from asbestos abatement projects and illegal asbestos removal and dumping. Parker and his employees falsified thousands of laboratory analyses throughout New York City and central and upstate New York. The offenses included violations of the Clean Air Act and the Superfund law. Parker also directed his employees to perform illegal asbestos abatement at 33 public housing buildings in Plattsburgh, N.Y.; they also dumped hundreds of bags of asbestos at numerous locations throughout the city of Plattsburgh. When sentenced, Parker faces a maximum possible jail sentence of up to 40 years and/or fines up to $2 million. Parker Environmental Management Group faces a maximum possible fine of up to $5.5 million. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division (New York), the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division, the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Law Enforcement, the Plattsburgh City Police Department and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department. Investigative assistance was provided by the EPA’s National Enforcement Investigations Center, the New York State Department of Labor and the New York State Department of Health. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Syracuse.