RIVA, Md. (WMAR) -
Attorney General Douglas Gansler has announce that a Riva resident pleaded guilty to unlawfully disposing of cans of paint at various locations along Anne Arundel County highways.
Todd Beans, 21, pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to a 30-day suspended sentence and a $500 fine. Beans was also placed on probation for one year and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.
On February 9, 2012, the Highways Department responded to three separate locations in Riva and Edgewater for illegal dumping complaints.
Crews found a total of 109 containers of latex paint dumped on the traveled portions of the roadways. Labels on the cans indicated the paints distributors, through which the Maryland Department of the Environment's Emergency Response Division was able to identify the purchaser as being Cypress Paint Systems.
The investigation revealed that Cypress Paint Systems had hired Beans to transport the paint that had become frozen to a local landfill. Beans returned claiming that he had taken care of the paint and collected $150.
After the company was told about the dumping, Beans admitted that he was responsible.