Dyer Man Charged With Violating The Federal Insecticide Act
HAMMOND – United States Attorney David A. Capp announced that Dipen Patel, 34, of Dyer, Indiana was charged with a criminal violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, a/k/a FIFRA.
According to documents filed in this case, the defendant knowingly distributed a pesticide in the State of Indiana which was not registered with the EPA as required. The pesticide known as “DOOM” was applied to rooms at a motel located in Michigan City, Indiana and a motel located in Howe, Indiana. Today, an information and plea agreement have been filed with respect to the criminal violation.
The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that an Information is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty in court.
If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
This case was the result of an investigation by the Northern District of Indiana Environmental Crimes Task Force lead by the Environmental Protection Agency-Criminal Investigation Division. This case is prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Toi Denise Houston, Trial Attorney Richard J. Powers, U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental and Natural Resource Division, Environmental Crimes Section, and Special Assistant United States Attorney David P. Mucha, Environmental Protection Agency.
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