Property Manager Pleads Guilty For His Role In The Failure To Properly Notify Tenants About Lead Hazards
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Paul Richard Heil, 52, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of aiding and abetting the failure to provide lead paint hazard warning notice before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy. The charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who is handling the case, stated that Heil was a property manager acting on behalf of Williamsville Property Holdings LLC, a.k.a. Williamsville Properties. Between December 2015, and May 2018, Heil and the company were aware of lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards at a Wick Street residence in Buffalo, a two-family house that was built in 1905. In April 2018, and again in June 2020, Heil and Williamsville Properties rented the residence to lessees. Heil provided a lead disclosure statement to those tenants, which falsely affirmed that the landlord “has no knowledge of lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in the housing,” and “has no reports or records pertaining to lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in the housing.”
The plea is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Criminal Investigation Division, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Tyler Amon and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent-In-Charge Christina D. Scaringi. Additional assistance was provided by the New York State Attorney General’s Office.
Sentencing is scheduled for June 8, 2022, before Magistrate Judge McCarthy.