From the Attorney General:
BALTIMORE, MD (December 1, 2009) – Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Alphonso D. White, 33, of Baltimore, was convicted in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City with seven counts of illegally falsifying lead certificates to the Maryland Department of the Environment. Judge Shirley M. Watts sentenced White to seven years in jail, all suspended, imposed a $5,000 fine, and required him to perform 200 hours of community service. White was placed on probation for three years and further ordered to pay restitution to the property owners totaling $2,000.
Unfortunately, this isn’t a one-time incident. Last year, the OAG released the following press release about another Baltimore lead inspector issuing fake certificates:
BALTIMORE, MD (March 18, 2008) – Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Philip L. Rossetti, 59, of Baltimore pled guilty in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City with illegally falsifying a lead certificate to the Maryland Department of the Environment. Judge Timothy J. Doory imposed a six month suspended sentence, a fine of $5,000 of which $4,000 was suspended, two years probation and ordered Rosetti to perform 100 hours of community service.
Perhaps instead of suspending sentences, judges need to impose stiffer penalties and actually make these guys sit in jail for a while.