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Amherst Company Fined For Criminal Contempt

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051
 BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Acquest Transit, LLC, based in Amherst, NY, which was convicted of criminal contempt, was fined $250,000 and sentenced to two years probation by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

 Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who handled the case, stated that Acquest Transit, LLC, was established to purchase an approximately 97-acre piece of property at 10880 Transit Road in Amherst. William L. Huntress served as the sole member and manager of Acquest Transit, LLC. On January 20, 2006, the defendant purchased the site for $425,000.

 In 2009, the Department of Justice instituted a civil proceeding alleging that the site purchased by Acquest contained federally protected wetlands. The civil action further alleged that the company was engaging in prohibited filling of the wetlands. 

On July 15, 2009, Judge Skretny issued a preliminary injunction ordering the defendant not to place additional fill or perform any additional earthmoving work at the site. On May 25, 2010, a farmer, acting on behalf of the defendant, performed mechanized activities on the site with agricultural equipment. These actions were a violation of Judge Skretny’s order, and the defendant acted willfully in violating the order.

 The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency under the direction of Special Agent in Charge, Vernesa Jones-Allen.

Updated March 11, 2016