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Criminal Law Keyed to Abrams
United States v. Agosto-Vega
Citation:617 F.3d 541 (1st Cir. 2010)
Agosto-Vega (Defendant) was the owner of a real estate development company in Puerto Rico. He developed a housing project where the septic tanks in front of homes frequently had overflows of raw sewage. To assist homeowners in disposing of the sewage, Agosto-Vega hired employees from his company to suction the sewage from the septic tanks using a house, and then discharge the wastewater into storm drains that emptied into a creek. Agosto-Vega was charged with violating criminal provisions of the Clean Water Act. He was convicted by a jury, and appealed to the First Circuit.
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