Three New York Men Sentenced for Asbestos Violations

Three men, a father and two sons, were sentenced on June 9 in a Syracuse, NY federal court for asbestos environmental violations.

On October 28, 2009, the brothers, Paul and Steven, were found guilty of defrauding the United States, violating the Clean Air Act, and illegal asbestos dumping. Their father, Lester, had entered a guilty trial prior to the start of the trial. Asbestos releases tiny fibers that can be inhaled, causing a number of adverse health effects including malignant mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer that is caused solely by asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma can take from 15-40 years to develop and victims only average around a year of life post-diagnosis.

Paul Mancuso, who had been convicted of similar asbestos crimes in 2003 and 2004, was operating his asbestos business out of his brother Steven’s law office, in clear violation of the 2004 sentence that forbade him from any involvement with the asbestos abatement industry. The brothers along with their father, submitted false documents to both clients and the government to hide their infractions concerning asbestos disposal.

On several of the projects, asbestos was removed in violation of the EPA and OSHA guidelines and then dumped on unsuspecting landowners’ properties in Portland, N.Y. Paul Mancuso received 78 months in prison, 3 years probation and a $20,000 fine. Steven Mancuso was sentenced to 44 months in prison and 3 years probation. Lester Mancuso was sentenced to 36 months in prison and 3 years of probation. Click here for the full article.