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Colorado Man Sentenced to 33 Month in Prision after Violating Probabtion for Clean Water Act Sentence

Release Date: 04/10/2003
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John Millet 202 564-7812/

(04/10/03) David Allen Phillips was sentenced on March 26 to 33 months in prison by the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana in Billings, Mont., after a parole violation. Phillips violated his probation by committing a local crime, by failing to pay child support, by failing to pay his scheduled restitution, by submitting false reports to his probation office concerning his earnings, and by being self-employed. This is the first Clean Water Act (CWA) conviction in Montana for which a prison sentence has been ordered. Phillips was previously sentenced in January 2002 to pay a fine of $20,000 and pay $43,000 in restitution for violating the CWA and conspiracy to violate the CWA by filling in approximately 12 acres of high quality wetlands without a permit near Phillipsburg, Mont. Phillips filled in the wetlands to develop and sell recreational homesites. Wetlands are important natural systems that purify surface waters and they are important breeding grounds for wildlife. The case was investigated by the Denver Area Office of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division with assistance from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality and the assistance of EPA’s National Enforcement Investigations Center. The U.S. Probation Office in Missoula, Mont., participated in the probation revocation. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Billings, Mont.