Local realtor faces penalty over failure to disclose lead paintOriginally published in the Niagara Gazette
LOCKPORT: A child who moved in to house was diagnosed with lead poisoning.
A Lockport woman pleaded guilty Thursday to failing to disclose the presence of lead paint in a Lockport home, about two years after the new owners learned that their child was diagnosed with lead poisoning.
According to acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr., Maureen S. Walck, 72, told the prospective buyers in early 2014 that the seller had no knowledge of lead-based paint or other lead hazards at the residence, and that there were no records pertaining to lead paint in the home.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango said Walck was informed of the lead hazard after executing a contract with the seller in January 2014, giving Walck exclusive rights to tell the house. The house was built around 1900 and the former owner was aware of the presence of lead paint.
Walck faces up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine when she is sentenced on Dec. 11 by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy.
Date : 9/7/2017