Fake Pesticide Sentencing

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A Glencoe man who admitted he sold fake pesticides to Alabama cities will spend 41 months in federal prison. Wednesday's sentence was given to 53-year-old William Murphy.

In January Murphy pleaded guilty to 28 counts of trafficking in counterfeit goods and selling misbranded pesticides.

Murphy sold what was supposed to be brand-name pesticides to Enterprise, Linden, Alexander City, Brundidge, Jacksonville, Oneonta, Talladega, Weaver, Cullman, Pell City, Union Springs and Tallassee.

Some of the sales were for increased sprayings during the 2001 mosquito season, when Alabama had one death from West Nile virus.

The investigation found labels that falsely identified the product, the manufacturer or the ingredients in the pesticides.

Federal Judge Inge Johnson also ordered Murphy to pay more than $45,000 in restitution and serve three years supervised probation when he's released from prison.