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Northumberland County Man Charged With Violating Toxic Substance Control Act

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

WILLIAMSPORT - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Dennis Morgan, age 73, of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, was indicted on February 27, 2020 by a federal grand jury on three violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act. 

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that Morgan, of Northumberland County, failed to provide a lead hazard pamphlet or warning and failed to retain records as required by the Code of Federal Regulations in violation of the Toxic Substances Control Act. 

The investigation was conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency.  Assistant United States Attorney Alisan V. Martin is prosecuting the case.

Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The maximum penalty for each violation under federal law is 1 years of imprisonment, 1 years of supervised release, and a fine of $100,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.


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Updated February 28, 2020