Judge accepts guilty plea in Miracle-gro pesticides case
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.