GLENCOE, ALABAMA MAN CHARGED WITH SELLING CITIES
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.