What was the event?
Between February 2014 and January 2015, Indiana motel owner and manager Dipen Patel, allegedly supplied his housekeeping staff at the Knights Inn in Michigan City, Indiana and at the Super 8 Motel in Howe, Indiana, with a commercial pesticide called DOOM. Patel allegedly instructed housekeeping staff at both motels to mix DOOM with water and apply it to carpeting, bedding and mattresses to rid the rooms of bed bugs.
What is the crime?
Patel transported DOOM, the commercial pesticide, in his luggage upon return from a trip to India.
DOOM contains Dichlorvos, a chemical nerve agent found in outdoor pesticides in India. Federal authorities say Patel's failure disclose a pesticide containing Dichlorvos when he arrived back in the United States was a violation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Border Patrol. In a release, the U.S. Attorney's office said the product is not registered with the EPA, which is required for use.
In February 2015, the state officials performed an inspection of both motels, documents said. 29 rooms at Knights Inn and 27 rooms at the Super 8 motel tested positive for Dichlorvos, court records stated.
Patel pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge of violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
Are you a victim?
According to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), pesticide misuse is considered to be the use of a pesticide in a way that violates laws regulating their use or endangers humans or the environment.
The most common instances of pesticide misuse are applications inconsistent with the labeling, which can include the use of a material in any way not described on the label, changing dosage rates, or violating specific safety instructions.
If you were poisoned intentionally or accidently by pesticides and the perpetrator has been charged with or convicted of a crime, you may be eligible for crime victim resources.