Stamford man sentenced for dumping over 7 million pounds of sewage
STAMFORD — A judge is preventing sewage disposal company from operating in a Stamford neighborhood after residents complained of illegal dumping.
The Stamford Advocate reports Stright Sewage Disposal owner Robert Aillery was ordered to pay more than $100,000 Thursday in state Superior Court. He must also give up a zoning variance that allowed him to run his business out of his home.
An arrest affidavit says the 58-year-old was caught dumping more than 7 million pounds of waste water and raw sewage into the city’s sewage system between August 2012 and March 2014. Police said Aillery avoided paying disposal fees to the Water Pollution Authority by dumping septic waste pumped from customer septic systems into Stamford’s sewer system. Flow meters installed by the WPCA on Aillery’s home recorded the dumping and investigators found a hose hooked to a valve on a septic truck with the other end into a drain leading into the city sewer system.
He pleaded guilty to larceny and discharging of sewage without a permit under the Alford Doctrine, meaning he disagreed with the state’s facts but understood he would probably be convicted at trial.