Forest Hill manufacturer to pay fine mobile home distributor sentenced

Pollution, theft cases settled in Circuit Court

September 24, 1995|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Forest Hill metal plater and manufacturer of electronic boards has agreed to pay $85,000 in fines and implement new pollution controls in a settlement worked out with federal and local environmental agencies, Lynne A. Battaglia, the U.S. attorney for Maryland, said in a statement last week.

As part of the settlement, Modular Components National Inc. of the 2300 block of Industry Court neither admits nor denies allegations that resulted from investigations into alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Ms. Battaglia said.

The alleged violations stemmed from the release of heavy metals into Harford's Sod Run sanitary sewage system and the storage and transportation of plating waste, she said.

The company will pay $65,000 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and $20,000 to Harford County, she said.

The investigation was conducted by agents from the EPA, the FBI and Harford County hazardous materials and emergency response teams, Ms. Battaglia said.

In another recent Harford Circuit Court case, John Phillip Seisman Sr., who pleaded guilty July 19 to stealing money that customers had paid him to deliver their new mobile homes, was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in state prison.

Judge William O. Carr suspended eight years of the sentence, made Seisman eligible for work release, ordered three years of supervised probation after his release from prison and ordered Seisman to pay $237,166 in restitution.

Seisman, 46, of the 700 block of Hickory Ave. in Bel Air, owned and operated Manufactured Housing Discounters, a mobile home distributor.

Although he was convicted on only one count of theft over $300, prosecutor H. Scott Lewis, an assistant attorney general, said Seisman was charged with seven counts of theft, eight counts of fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary and three counts of failing to file a state income tax return.

In making the plea arrangement, Bel Air attorney John Nowicki, who represents Seisman, said his client intends to secure a loan from Aberdeen Federal Credit Union so that he can pay restitution to the victims.

The victims, in turn, remain liable to the credit union for the loans they negotiated to purchase their new homes.

Rob and Carrie Sears, who took out such a loan for more than $33,000 and gave it to Seisman for the mobile home they never received, were unhappy with Thursday's court proceedings.

"We have bad credit, can't purchase a home and have to live like scum, all because of John Seisman," Mr. Sears said.

"We planned to be in a new home and start a family, but how can we do that with all our debt?" Mrs. Sears said.

Other victims, Mark and Dawn Taylor and Julie and Paul Newman, echoed the Sears' sentiment.

They also are young couples.

They said they trusted Seisman and followed his advice, only to have their dreams shattered.

"For two years, John has been trying to make it good for them," Mr. Nowicki said.

"He still will."

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