Another employee of Bugman indicted for improper pesticide use

Apr 13 2011 - 11:06pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- Another employee of Bugman Pest and Lawn of Bountiful has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Raymond Wilson, 21, the son of the company's owner, is charged with five misdemeanor violations of federal law for the use of pesticide at homes in Salt Lake City, Sandy and Park City.

According to court documents, Wilson used Fumitoxin in a burrow system within 15 feet of buildings that may have been occupied by people.

Environmental Protection Agency special agents are investigating the case, according to a news release.

Both Wilson and Bugman Pest and Lawn Inc. have been summoned to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Samuel Alba on May 17.

The potential penalty for unlawful use of a registered pesticide is up to one year in prison and a fine of $100,000 per count. The company faces a fine of $200,000 per count.

These charges are separate from the case against Coleman Nocks and Bugman Pest and Lawn, according to the news release.

Nocks, 63, has been charged with three federal misdemeanors over the use of Fumitoxin. Investigators said Nocks applied Fumitoxin pellets at homes in Layton, Centerville and North Salt Lake in a manner that was not consistent with federal law.

Nocks was employed by Bugman Pest and Lawn Inc. on Feb. 5, 2010, when investigators said he applied the Fumitoxin to control rodents at a Layton home.

Investigators said fumes from the pesticide caused the deaths of Rebecca Kaye Toone, 4, and Rachel Ana Toone, 15 months, who lived in the home. The Utah Medical Examiner's Office reported that the girls had elevated levels of phosphorus in their bodies.

A three-day trial for Nocks and Bugman Pest and Lawn has been set for Oct. 10 in front of U.S. District Judge Dee Benson.

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