WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thomas L. Sansonetti, Assistant Attorney General for

the Departments Environment and Natural Resources Division and Alice H.

Martin, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, today

announced that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment against William

C. Murphy of Glencoe, Alabama who was arrested by federal authorities on

Thursday evening, May 15, 2003, and appeared in United States District Court

this morning in Birmingham, Alabama.

The indictment charges that William C. Murphy, operating under the name Sierra

Chemical, sold counterfeit, misbranded, adulterated, and mislabeled pesticides

to numerous municipalities in Alabama and Georgia. It alleges that defendant

William C. Murphy advertised for sale and sold to customers pesticides that

were not registered with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, as is

required by law, that he fraudulently represented pesticides he sold to be

brand name products, and falsely labeled them as containing active ingredients

that either they did not contain or that they contained in concentrations

different than he claimed.

United States Attorney Martin cautioned cities that spray mosquitos to control

West Nile virus to insure that the pesticides they buy are authentic and are

being marketed by legitimate manufactures and dealers.

Members of the public are reminded that the indictment contains only charges.

A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the

government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at


Assistant United States Attorney Robert O. Posey and Department of Justice

Environmental Crimes Section, Senior Trial Attorney Jeremy Korzenik are

prosecuting the case. David G. McLeod, Resident Agent in Charge, EPA, Criminal

Investigation Division, and Carmen S. Adams, Special Agent in Charge, FBI are

investigating the case along with other special agents of the EPA and the FBI.