Man Sentenced for Making Fake, Weak Pesticide

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Las Vegas company is getting fines and probation for a misbranded pesticide that claimed to kill HIV, bird flu and salmonella in air ducts but was highly diluted.

Air Care Indoor Quality Specialists President Richard Papaleo has been sentenced to two years of probation and a $15,000 fine after pleading guilty in December to making a false statement and misbranding a pesticide.

Company engineer Michael Stanovich was sentenced to a year of probation after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor counts of misbranding a pesticide.

The company itself was fined $80,000.

An investigation began after the maker of the pesticide Sporicidin complained to the Environmental Protection Agency. Undercover agents say they bought Air Care's version of the pesticide, and found that it was diluted to one-tenth the original strength.

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