Two Sentenced for Asbestos Dumping in New York Wetlands

by Sokolove Law

Two more men were recently sentenced in federal court for their roles in an illegal asbestos dumping scheme that contaminated 28 acres of wetlands along the Mohawk River in upstate New York.

The Associated Press reports that U.S. District Judge David N. Hurd sentenced 56-year-old Donald Torriero of Wellington, Fla., to three years in prison for his role in the crime. Co-defendant Julius DeSimone of Rome, N.Y., was sentenced to five years of probation. Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s office also ordered the two men to pay almost $500,000 in restitution.

Torriero and DeSimone pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the Clean Water Act, the Superfund statute, wire fraud, and to defrauding the United States, according to the Department of Justice. Torriero also pleaded guilty to substantive wire fraud charges, and DeSimone was convicted of making false statements to law enforcement in connection with a fabricated “permit letter” the conspirators created and used to dump at the site.

The men were part of a group that conspired to illegally dump a whopping 400 truckloads of asbestos-contaminated construction and demolition debris from New Jersey on the site in 2006.

As this blog noted, the landowner and the owner of the solid waste company were sentenced in June for their role in the dumping, which took place in Frankfort, N.Y.

Evidence showed that the group planned to continue the illegal dumping for five years, which would have polluted the site with hundreds of millions of pounds of asbestos-containing material.

Exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer. There is no safe level of asbestos exposure, according to the National Cancer Institute.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact Sokolove Law today for a free case consultation.

Recommended Reading: