WASHINGTON — Nineteen months after she fled her federal sentencing hearing, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fugitive Albania Deleon was captured on Saturday in the Dominican Republic, according to a press release.
Deleon was wanted by EPA for certifying individuals as having asbestos removal training when they never took the required course, the release noted.
"Albania Deleon put communities at risk by issuing fraudulent asbestos-removal training certificates to hundreds of untrained workers," said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA''s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.
"This is yet another example of great teamwork and dedication of the United States Attorney''s Office for the District of Massachusetts, U.S. Marshals Service and our own special agents who protect the American people from environmental crimes," Giles added.
On November 20, 2008, Deleon, 40, was convicted in federal court after nearly a three-week trial on one count of conspiracy to make false statements, to encourage illegal aliens to reside in the United States and to hire illegal aliens; five counts of making false statements within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; 16 counts of procuring false payroll tax returns and five counts of mail fraud, the release stated.
From approximately 2001 to 2006, Deleon owned and operated Environmental Compliance Training (ECT), a certified asbestos training school located in Methuen, Massachusetts: ECT normally offered training courses on a weekly basis at its offices, however, many of the recipients of the certificates never took the required course, the release noted.
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