April 12, 2002
NEW HAMPSHIRE COMPANY, MANAGER
SENTENCED IN FATAL LEAD EXPOSURE CASE
In the first case ever in which a rental property manager was prosecuted for
failing to notify a tenant about a lead-based paint hazard, James T.
Aneckstein of Manchester, N.H., has been sentenced to 15 months
imprisonment. Aneckstein and his company, JTA Real Estate Brokerage and
Property Management Inc., previously pleaded guilty to obstructing justice,
making false statements and failing to provide tenants with notice of
lead-based paint hazards. Aneckstein and JTA were also ordered to pay a
$40,000 fine. The defendants failed to warn the mother of a two year-old
about the lead hazards in her Manchester apartment and the child
subsequently died of lead intoxication on April 21, 2000. As a result of the
conviction, the defendants have hired an independent contractor who
determined where lead-based paint hazards existed in their owned properties
and have provided all tenants with new lead-based paint notices. The case
was investigated by EPA's Criminal Investigation Division with forensic
assistance from the U.S. Secret Service. It was prosecuted by the U.S.
Attorney's office in Concord.