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Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced Wednesday that American Contractors Inc. of Hyattsville pleaded guilty in Calvert County Circuit Court to unlawfully disposing solid waste and performing construction without obtaining an approved sediment control plan.

According to a press release from the Office of the Attorney General, Judge Warren J. Krug sentenced the defendant company to pay $14,290 in restitution to the property owner for the cost of cleaning up the dumped waste, and imposed a fine of $30,000 with all but $10,000 suspended. The company also was placed on five years probation.

“Illegal dumping and failure to control sediment run-off can inflict a costly blight on any community,” Gansler said in the release. “This office is committed to the enforcement of these laws that protect the health and home values of Maryland property owners.”

The illegal activity was discovered by the Calvert County Department of Community Planning and Building in response to a complaint of illegal dumping. It was referred to the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Environmental Crimes Unit of the OAG, according to the release.

An investigation revealed that the property owner’s son had responded to an ad on Craigslist for free fill dirt and contacted American Contractors Inc. to deliver dirt to his mother’s property, located on Yellow Bank Road in Dunkirk, the release continues. Investigators found truckloads of solid waste consisting of construction and demolition debris, mattresses, pipes, toilet fixtures and other debris dumped on the property. In addition, the land had been disturbed without obtaining an approved sediment control plan.

In the announcement, Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Jay Robinson and Chief Investigator David Williams for their work on the case. The conviction follows an investigation conducted by the Environmental Crimes Unit of the OAG, with the assistance of Calvert County Community Planning and Building and MDE.

MEGHAN RUSSELL