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Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to False Statement About Lead Notification

Release Date: 08/04/2004
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Christopher Lagan, 202-564-7338 /

(08/04/04) Robert James of St. Louis, Mo., pled guilty to making a false statement to a government agency. According to court documents, James owned rental property in St. Louis which had a history of lead-based paint problems. In June 2000, the City of St. Louis inspected the defendant’s property and issued a lead abatement order to him. The order, issued under the Lead Paint Hazard Reduction Act, required James to provide documentation to the EPA Region 7 Office of Regional Counsel indicating he had come into compliance. In October 2002, the defendant sent a letter to the Regional Counsel that falsely stated he was in compliance and he also sent other documentation falsely representing that he had provided a proper lead paint history to renters at his property. At sentencing, James faces a maximum possible sentence of up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000. The plea was entered on July 28 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in St. Louis. The case was investigated by the St. Louis office of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in St. Louis.