For Immediate Release
September 12, 2011
Daniel J. Licata, Assistant Attorney General
Environmental Protection Bureau
New Hampshire Attorney General Michael A. Delaney and Special Agent-in-Charge Michael Hubbard of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Criminal Investigation Division announce that today the Laconia District Court sentenced Jeffery A. Douthart, 30, on a misdemeanor violation of New Hampshire's well water licensing laws. After a trial in the District Court on July 19, 2011, the Court found Mr. Douthart guilty of advertising as a well pump installer without the required State license to perform such installations. Mr. Douthart's advertisement specifically mentioned, and New Hampshire Department of Environmental Service's records confirmed, that he had been previously licensed to install well pumps, but he had decided not to renew it.
The Laconia District Court fined Mr. Douthart $5,000.00, the maximum amount allowed by law for the offense. The Court ordered Mr. Douthart to pay $2,000.00 of this fine immediately, and suspended the remaining $3,000.00 for a period of two years conditioned on Mr. Douthart's good behavior. In handing down the sentence, Judge James Carroll noted that Mr. Douthart's conduct did a disservice to those who are properly licensed and presented an opportunity to defraud the public.
Today's disposition was the result of a cooperative investigation involving the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office, the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Criminal Investigation Division, and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. Attorney General Delaney stated, "The State licensing requirements for those installing and maintaining wells exist for the public's protection. This Office will prosecute those individuals who knowingly disregard them."
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