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Pennsylvania Landlord Pleads Guilty to Falsifying Lead Paint Notification Forms

Release Date: 05/02/2003
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John Millett 202-564-7842/

(05/02/03) Kurvin H. Grove of York, Pa., pled guilty on April 24 in U.S. District Court for Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, Pa., to criminal obstruction of EPA proceedings by forging tenants’ signatures on lead-based paint hazard notification forms and submitting the falsified documents to EPA civil inspectors. The forms, required under the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992, include a standard warning required to be given to tenants when they sign a lease. Tenants sign the forms and return them to the landlord, indicating they have been notified of any existing lead hazards. Grove had been under investigation by EPA after the York Bureau of Health discovered that a child living in one of his buildings had developed elevated levels of blood lead. Elevated levels in children can cause neurological, bone and kidney damage and may also cause developmental abnormalities. Excessive levels of blood lead can produce convulsions, coma and death. When sentenced, Grove faces a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and the York Bureau of Health. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Harrisburg.