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Former Football Player Admits Guilty in Asbestos Case

Sean Doctor, a former football player who owns an asbestos abatement company, has admitted that he filed a fabricated hazardous waste manifest during a project at Roosevelt Park (Buffalo, NJ) in 2010. He is 50 years old.

The case will go on court trial next week. Sean Doctor is facing a sentence of imprisonment up to one year after his guilty plea on Monday. His attorney said he would ask for probation. According to Doctor’s attorney, his request won’t be opposed by the federal prosecutors.

The other two defendants in this case are the Comprehensive Employment Management Incorporated and Mr. Raj Chopra. Comprehensive Employment is the Grand Island firm Doctor owns. Chopra has already pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of being an accessory to a false statement. He will be sentenced by United States District Judge Hon. Richard Arcara and is facing up to 6 months in federal prison. Chopra also will request for probation. Comprehensive Employment is facing up to $25,000 in fines for its part in the issue.

Aaron Mango, the Assistant United States Attorney General, said SD Speciality Services, another Grand Island business Doctor owns, also has been charged in this case. However, those charges are likely to be dropped, Mango said.

It was in 2012 that Chopra and Doctor were initially charged in a sixteen-count indictment. Both have been accused of a number of violations of the federal Clean Air Act (CAA) relating to 3 asbestos removal projects in Buffalo, NJ, including the abatement at Roosevelt Park. According to authorities, asbestos hadn’t been secured and disposed of properly, meaning it could’ve become airborne and caused severe health issues to nearby residents.

Sean Doctor is a former football player who had played 2 seasons in the Arena Football League with the Buffalo Destroyers and Charlotte Rage. He has also played at Marshall University. He has also spent twenty years with the Buffalo City Fire Department.

These guilty pleas were the result of a probe by the Criminal Investigation Division of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Asbestos Control Bureau of the NY State Department of Labor, and the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation Police.

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