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Matthew Scott Ferguson, the owner of A Plus Septic Service, pleaded guilty to 18 charges in connection with the illegal dumping of raw sewage at several sites in Franklin County.
Friday, August 30, 2013
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
A Callaway man and the owner of a septic tank pumping business pleaded guilty Wednesday in Franklin County Circuit Court to 16 misdemeanors and two felonies in connection with the illegal dumping of raw sewage at four sites in the county.
Matthew Scott Ferguson, 34, had been charged with 32 misdemeanors and three felonies in relation to illegal disposal of waste, violations of health regulations and destruction of property.
Ferguson faces up to 26 years incarceration. His sentencing hearing is set for Oct. 30 at 3:15 p.m. in circuit court.
Ferguson is the owner and operator of A Plus Septic Service; however, the Virginia Department of Health has revoked his permit to operate a septic tank cleaning business, according to Capt. Marvin Woods with the Franklin County Department of Public Safety.
The charges stem from sludge being dumped in the parking area of a bank at Westlake, sewage being illegally dumped at a manure lagoon on Rock Ridge Road in Ferrum, and raw sewage being dumped at New Hope United Methodist Church on Old Forge Road and behind a Callaway residence on Foothills Road.
"He was only legally permitted to dump at the Henry County Public Service Authority treatment plant," said Woods.
Using Ferguson's receipts from May, June and July, there are still more than 30,000 gallons of sewage he has pumped from septic tanks that are unaccounted for, Woods said.
The church, where 2,500 gallons of sludge was dumped near its well in a gravel parking area, has been unable to use the well water since the incident, Woods added.
Woods used hidden cameras at the manure lagoon in July and and caught Ferguson illegally dumping sewage, he said.