Mahopac Man Charged With Operating Illegal

Attorney General Spitzer and State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Denise Sheehan announced the indictment of a Mahopac man who is charged with illegally operating a landfill on the grounds of the Eastchester Middle School/High School.

The defendant, Anthony Adinolfi, 46, was arraigned Wednesday in Westchester County Court before Judge Richard A. Molea and charged with a felony violation of the Environmental Conservation Law. If convicted, Adinolfi faces up to four years in state prison and fines of up to $75,000 per day of violation and restitution. Adinolfi pleaded not guilty to the charge and bail was set at $7,500.

Adinolfi was the president and sole shareholder of the now dissolved corporation Dirt Man Enterprises, Inc. In October 2002, Adinolfi entered into an agreement with the Eastchester Union Free School District to enlarge an athletic field in exchange for permission to bring dirt and rock to the school. However, it is alleged that, instead delivering dirt, Adinolfi illegally arranged for others to dump construction and demolition debris on the field, and even charged a fee to those who dumped at the site.

The indictment alleges that, as a result of these actions, from January 9, 2003 to July 21, 2003, Adinolfi operated a landfill at the Eastchester High School without the necessary DEC permit, causing the release of more than 70 cubic yards of solid waste into the environment. In accordance with the Environmental Conservation Law, Adinolfi was charged with a felony because he had been convicted of a similar offense.

The case was referred to the Attorney General's Office by the DEC. The Attorney General thanked the DEC for its assistance in the investigation.

The charges in the indictment are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by Carrie H. Cohen, Chief of the Public Integrity Unit and Assistant Attorney General Hugh McLean under the supervision of Janet Cohn, Bureau Chief, Criminal Prosecutions Bureau and Julieta Lozano, Chief of the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau's Environmental Crimes Unit. Investigators Lawrence McDonald, Lester Dier and Sal Ventola of the Attorney General's Office Investigations Bureau, assisted by Investigator Beverly Whalen of DEC's Division of Law Enforcement, assisted in the investigation.

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