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News Release

For Immediate Release
March 8, 2011

Assistant Attorney General Daniel J. Licata
(603) 271-3679

Conviction of Linda A. Griffin For Making Reckless Misrepresentations in Wetlands Notification Form

Attorney General Michael Delaney announces that Linda A. Griffin (age: 48) was found guilty of two counts of making a reckless misrepresentation on a notification form required by New Hampshire's wetlands protection act. The convictions, both class A misdemeanors, arose out of Ms. Griffin's submission of what is commonly referred to as a "forestry notification" form. A landowner is required to file this form when logging activities are going to have certain impacts on wetlands. The landowner must certify, by signing the form, that all logging contractors have been instructed to follow best management practices and that the form accurately shows the location of wetlands impacts.

After a bench trial, the Concord District Court found that, contrary to the Ms. Griffin's certifications on the form, at least one of the logging contractors who had worked on her Webster, NH property had not been instructed to follow best management practices. The court further found that the location of the wetlands impacts had not been accurately shown on the form. Moreover, as Ms. Griffin had failed to take any steps to ensure her certifications were correct, the court found that her misrepresentations were recklessly made. According to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, the logging of Ms. Griffin's property resulted in unpermitted wetlands crossings and violations of best management practices.

The Court sentenced Ms. Griffin to concurrent terms of 30 days in the Merrimack County House of Corrections, all suspended for one year, conditioned on her good behavior. The Court also ordered Ms. Griffin to pay a $500.00 fine.

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