Largest criminal fine for wetlands-related violations in Florida handed down

July 18, 2013

WASHINGTON — The two defendants were ordered to pay a criminal fine totaling $2.25 million.

WASHINGTON — Brian Raphael D’Isernia, 69, of Panama City Beach, Fla., and Lagoon Landing LLC, a corporation controlled by D’Isernia, were sentenced in federal court in the Northern District of Florida for illegal dredging and felony wetlands violations in Panama City, according to a  press release.

The two defendants were ordered to pay a criminal fine totaling $2.25 million, the largest criminal fine assessed for wetlands-related violations in Florida history, stated the release.

D’Isernia was sentenced to pay a $100,000 criminal fine, while Lagoon Landing LLC was sentenced to pay a $2.15 million criminal fine, a $1 million community service payment and a term of three years of probation.

D’Isernia pleaded guilty to knowingly violating the Rivers and Harbors Act. D’Isernia was charged with dredging an upland cut ship launching basin in Allanton and the channel connecting it to East Bay between December 2009 and February 2010 without obtaining a permit, noted the release.

Lagoon Landing LLC, pleaded guilty to a felony violation of the Clean Water Act for knowingly discharging a pollutant into waters of the United States without a permit.

Read the entire press release here.

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