Christopher James Davis, of Venice, California, pleaded guilty in federal court in Mobile, Alabama, to one count of falsifying and using a document to obtain approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to manufacture a pesticide.
According to court documents, Davis, a product manager for a pesticide manufacturer, submitted documents supporting a pesticide’s U.S. registration that he knew falsely indicated that the pesticide had been approved for manufacture and use in Canada, when in fact Davis knew it had not. Relying on the submission with this false information, the EPA approved the pesticide’s U.S. application.
“The honesty of individuals applying to manufacture pesticides is vital to protecting the public’s health and the environment,” said Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. “We will prosecute those who falsify records and submit them to obtain regulatory approvals.”
“In order to safeguard the environment, it is essential that the Environmental Protection Agency’s pesticide programs receive accurate and honest information from pesticide producers and their employees,” said Special Agent in Charge Chuck Carfagno of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division. “This guilty plea sends a clear message that EPA and its law enforcement partners will continue to hold individuals fully accountable for illegal conduct that jeopardizes the environment.”
The case was investigated by the EPA Criminal Investigation Division. The case is being prosecuted by Senior Counsel Kris Dighe of the Environmental Crimes Section of the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Anderson, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Lewis.