MAY 2012

Illegal dumper sentenced to three years in prison

The Environment Crime Task Force of Central Ohio (ECTF) said that Richard Fintak was sentenced to three years in prison by Franklin County Common Pleas Judge David Cain. Fintak had previously pleaded guilty to three counts: open dumping, operating an illegal solid waste facility and operating an illegal landfill/transfer station. Cain ordered a three year sentence on each count and ordered that the sentences run concurrently. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the property owners in the amount of $377,581.00.

Fintak had operated an illegal landfill located at 1388 Stimmel Rd. in Franklin Township since the fall of 2009; the landfill was forced to close in the spring of 2010 by the ECTF. He had accepted a plea bargain in late 2011 that required Fintak to clean up the site. In the months awaiting sentencing, the site was not cleaned up; in fact, it grew bigger to the point where it was 30 feet high and covered nearly an acre of land, Assistant Franklin County Prosecutor Heather Robinson noted.

Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio Executive Director Ron Mills said the sentence should serve as a warning to others that Franklin County officials will not tolerate illegal dumping.

The Environmental Crime Task Force will be working to have the site cleaned up.