Pesticide Scam

pesticide scam
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An Etowah County man pleaded guilty Monday to charges of selling fake, mislabeled and tainted pesticides to several Alabama municipalities at the height of the West Nile scare in 2001.

U.S. Attorney Alice Martin said 53-year-old William Clifton Murphy of Glencoe admitted he sold pesticides that were not registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Martin said Murphy, arrested in May of last year, fraudulently represented products to be brand names when they were not and lied about the concentration of pesticides in the products.

The communities to which Murphy sold the products are: Enterprise, Linden, Alexander City, Brundidge, Dothan, Jacksonville, Oneonta, Talladega, Weaver, Cullman, Pell City, Union Springs and Tallassee.

Federal Judge Inge Johnson set a March Eighth sentencing date for Murphy. He faces a possible $2 million fine and up to ten years in prison.

State agriculture officials said there's no indication anyone was harmed by the products.