Judge ac­cepts guilty plea in Mir­a­cle-gro pes­ti­cides case

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COLUM­BUS | A judge has ac­cepted a guilty plea by Ohio lawn and gar­den com­pany Scotts Mir­a­cle-gro Co. to vi­o­lat­ing fed­eral pes­ti­cides law while de­fer­ring a decision on a deal that re­quires the com­pany to pay a $4 mil­lion fine and give $500,000 to help sup­port wildlife study and preser­va­tion.

U.S. Dis­trict Court Judge James Gra­ham said Tues­day that he will make a decision on the plea deal at sen­tenc­ing, which has not been sched­uled.

The Marysville-based com­pany faced charges that it used a toxic pes­ti­cide on bird­feed sold na­tion­wide for two years, in­clud­ing six months af­ter em­ploy­ees warned against it.

The gov­ern­ment also says a man­ager used bo­gus fed­eral doc­u­ments to ob­tain state reg­is­tra­tions for sev­eral prod­ucts and cre­ated fake cor­re­spon­dence be­tween the com­pany and the gov­ern­ment when chal­lenged.

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