The majority owner of an Alabama pest control company was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday for illegally using pesticides in Georgia nursing homes.
Steven A. Murray, 54, of Pelham, Alabama, and his company, Bio-Tech Management Inc., were sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.
After Murray’s release, he must serve one year of supervised release. He also must pay a $7,500 fine, according to the Justice Department.
Bio-Tech was sentenced to three years of probation and must pay a $50,000 fine, according to the department.
Murray and his company pleaded guilty to conspiracy, unlawful use of pesticides, making false statements and mail fraud.
Between October 2005 and June 2009, employees routinely applied the pesticide Termidor indoors, against the manufacturer’s label instructions, according to a plea agreement.
Murray also instructed employees to alter company service reports to obstruct an investigation by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.
Of the more than five dozen nursing homes listed in an indictment, more than two dozen are located in Middle Georgia.
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