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Michigan Pesticide Producer Pleads Guilty to Selling Unregistered Pesticide

Release Date: 07/23/2003
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John Millett 202-564-7842 /

(07/23/03) On July 7 in U.S. District Court in Michigan, John T. Frederick of Warren, Mich., pled guilty to violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act by knowingly violating a U.S. EPA Stop Sale and Use Order (SSUO). Frederick does business as New Tech and HAPCO Products Inc. in Fraser, Mich. The defendant sold automotive supplies as well as a perchloroethylene-containing product called "Kritter Killer" which the defendant advertised as a rodenticide for killing prairie dogs. Perchloroethylene is a suspected carcinogen. On Nov. 9, 2000, EPA issued an SSUO to the defendant requiring him to stop selling Kritter Killer. However, about June 2002, the defendant sold five gallons of Kritter Killer to a man in Wolf Point, Mont. The plea agreement calls for the defendant to spend up to nine months in jail and place advertisements in trade journals notifying customers that he violated the SSUO and stating that he will no longer sell perchloroethylene. He must also send the same information to all customers who bought perchloroethylene from him since April 2000. The case was investigated by the EPA Criminal Investigation Division, FBI, USDA-Office of Inspector General and the case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit.