PRINCETON TOWNSHIP – A township man faces three years in prison after he pleaded guilty today to illegally performing lead inspections on residences in Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties.
Ira Eisenstein, who owned a home inspection business in Princeton Township, admitted in Federal Court in Newark the he performed the inspections knowing he did not have the proper certification from the state or federal government to do so legally, according to an announcement from the office of U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.
Eisenstein, 63, was charged with three counts of violating the Toxic Substances Control Act, a law aimed at protecting unreasonable risks to human health and the environment by regulating harmful chemicals – including lead. The law says that the inspectors have to go through a lead inspector certification program, approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, but conducted on the state level.
Eisenstein admitted to performing lead inspections on residential properties without obtaining the certification three times between March 2007 and Sept. 2009.
Eisenstein faces a maximum of three years in prison and a fine of $300,000 when he is sentenced. His sentencing is scheduled for April 9.