Enforcement

Summary of Criminal Prosecutions

Search Criminal Prosecution

FISCAL YEAR: 2010
1. PRINCIPAL DEFENDANT: Laurence M. Cellamare
D.  New Hampshire  10-CR-001-01-SM
Laurence Cellamare, plead guilty and was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire on June 2, 2010, for making false statements. Cellamare, Environmental Coordinator for Aero Dynamics, Inc. (AD), was fined $3,000 and placed on a three-year probation.

AD performed metal finishing and plating for military and commercial applications, and the company’s manufacturing process generated wastewater that contained quantities of cadmium, copper, nickel, and zinc. AD discharged this wastewater into a publicly owned wastewater treatment plant in Seabrook, New Hampshire. Starting in December 2004 up through and including December 2008, Cellamare knowingly submitted semi-annual reports to the EPA that falsely failed to disclose that the amount of zinc and nickel discharged to the Seabrook facility exceeded the EPA’s allowable monthly averages for those toxic pollutants.



January 11, 2010
The defendant was charged in an Information with one count of making false statements, a violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001(a)(1).

CITATION: 33 USC 1319
January 26, 2010
Cellamare pled guilty to the charge.


District of New Hampshire
Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2010

RESIDENT OF NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE PLEADS GUILTY TO MAKING FALSE STATEMENT TO EPA

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – United States Attorney John P. Kacavas and Michael Hubbard, the Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Division of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Criminal Investigation Division, announced that Laurence Cellamare, of Nashua, New Hampshire, has pleaded guilty to making false statements to the EPA.

According to documents filed in United States District Court, the offense occurred while Cellamare was employed as the Environmental Coordinator for a business in Seabrook, New Hampshire, Aero Dynamics, Inc. (“Aero Dynamics” or “AD”), that performed metal finishing and plating for military and commercial applications. Aero Dynamic’s manufacturing process generated wastewater that contained quantities of cadmium, copper nickel, and zinc. Aero Dymamics discharged its wastewater to a publicly owned wastewater treatment plant in Seabrook, New Hampshire (“the Seabrook facility”).

Beginning in September 2002, the EPA attempted to insure Aero Dynamics compliance with he the federal Clean Water Act, by directing the company to analyze samples its wastewater once each month, and submit semi-annual reports of the analysis’ to the Seabrook facility every June and December. In each semi-annual report, Aero Dynamics was required to, among other things, state the average monthly amount of cadmium, copper, nickel and zinc in the wastewater it discharged to the Seabrook facility during the six month period covered by the report.

Starting in December 2004 up through and including December 2008, Cellamare knowingly submitted semi-annual reports to the EPA that falsely failed to disclose that the amount of cadmium, zinc and nickel that Aero Dymamics had discharged to the Seabrook facility exceeded the EPA’s allowable monthly averages for those toxic pollutants.

During the same period, Cellamare knowingly submitted three additional semi-annual reports to the EPA that falsely under-reported the amount of cadmium that Aero Dynamics’ had discharged to the Seabrook facility. However, the actual amount of cadmium that was discharged on those dates did not exceed the EPA’s allowable monthly averages for cadmium.

Cellamare is scheduled to be sentenced by Chief United States District Court Judge Steven McAuliffe on April 30, 2010.

The maximum prison term for make false statements to an agency of the federal government is five years. It not likely that a sentence of that length will be imposed in this case because Cellamare will be sentenced pursuant to advisory federal sentencing guidelines.

June 2, 2010
The defendant was sentenced to 36 months probation and ordered to pay a $3,000 federal fine.

STATUTE:
  • Title 18 U.S. Criminal Code (TITLE 18)

Top of page