A property owner who illegally removed asbestos from a Connecticut will avoid prison time after being sentenced in New Haven federal court.
Aleks Rakaj, 46, of Trumbull, was sentenced to a term of one-year probation and fined $9,500 after pleading guilty in May to one count of illegal asbestos removal in violation of the Clean Air Act.
Rakaj and his two cousins purchased a commercial property at 206-220 Wallace St. in New Haven, U.S. Attorney John Durham said. Before purchasing the property, the trio was informed that the property contained asbestos.
Shortly after purchasing the property, Rakaj and his cousins failed to follow laws and regulations regarding asbestos removal, which resulted in exposure to some at the site who suffered negative health effects as a result.
On Nov. 20, 2015, inspectors from the New Haven Health Department conducted an unannounced…