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Andover woman is one of EPA's wanted fugitives
By Jenna Nierstedt, Globe Correspondent
An Andover woman has been listed on the Environmental Protection Agency’s fugitives website for selling certificates to undocumented workers so they could get jobs in the asbestos removal industry and then hiring them at her temporary employment agency that specialized in asbestos demolition.
A federal court issued a warrant for Albania Deleon, 39, after she failed to show up to her sentencing hearing in US District Court in Boston on March 23.
Deleon, who owned Environmental Compliance Training Inc. and Methuen Abatement Staffing Inc., was convicted Nov. 19 of 28 federal charges of sending hundreds of illegal immigrants out on jobs throughout New England with bogus certificates and without proper training.
She was also found guilty of evading taxes by not reporting these employees to the IRS, allowing her to save more than $1 million in tax and insurance payments, the EPA said.
Originally from the Dominican Republic and a US citizen for 15 years, Deleon had been under house arrest, wearing an electronic bracelet, pending her sentencing. A number listed for Deleon in Lawrence had a full voice mailbox, and her lawyer, Carl N. Donaldson of Boston, could not immediately be reached for comment.