A federal grand jury in Macon has accused a pest-control company of illegally spraying pesticides inside Georgia nursing homes.
The grand jury yesterday also accused the Alabama company, named Bio Tech Management, of covering it up.
The owner, Stephen Murray, and his company each face dozens of charges: one count of conspiracy, 10 counts of making false statements, 20 counts of falsifying records, 10 counts of mail fraud and 10 counts of unlawful use of a pesticide.''
That's according to a news release from Michael Moore, U.S. attorney for Central Georgia.
The indictment says that, from October 2005 to June 2009, Murray and Bio-Tech "repeatedly misapplied the registered pesticide Termidor SC in nursing homes in the state of Georgia and falsified documents to conceal the unlawful use."
According to the news release, the falsifying records and mail fraud charge carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and $250,000 fine per count. The false statements charges each carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The indictment says pesticides were misused at dozens of nursing homes, including these: Chaplinwood Health and Rehab, Milledgeville; Peake Healthcare, Macon; Sparta Health and Rehab, Sparta, Stone Brooke Suites, Gray; North Macon Healthcare, Macon; Pinehill Nursing Home, Byromville; Elberta Health Care, Warner Robins; The Villas at College Hill, Macon; Lynn Haven Nursing Home, Gray; Georgia Veterans Home, Milledgeville; The Oaks at Peake -- ALC, Macon; Montezuma Health Care, Montezuma; Taylor County Nurse Home, Butler; Gray Nursing Home, Gray; Eastview Nursing Home, Macon, Bel Arbor Nursing Home, Macon; Eatonton Health and Rehab, Eatonton; Roberta Health Care, Roberta; Bryant Health and Rehab, Cochran; Oconee Healthcare, Montezuma; Heritage Health Care, Forsyth; Bolingreen Nursing Home, Macon; Cherry Blossom Healthcare, Macon; Hilltop Nursing Home, Forsyth;
No trial date has been set.
We will have more on this story on Eyewitness News at 5 and 6.