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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Announces The Conviction and Sentencing of a Lafayette County Resident For Filing False DNR Reports

MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Michael T. Byrne of Shullsburg, Wisconsin was convicted today of two misdemeanor counts of falsifying land spreading records while employed at Bytec Resource Management, Inc. in the City of Monroe.


After the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conducted an investigation and referred the matter to the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) for prosecution, Byrne and Bytec were charged in September 2006 with falsifying land spreading records and filing false annual reports with the DNR in 2004. The criminal complaint in the case alleged that the falsifications were made relating to Bytec's storage of more than a half million gallons of wastewater in an unapproved storage tank at a local farm. Bytec plead no contest to two misdemeanor false reporting violations in 2007 and was sentenced by Green County Circuit Court Judge James R. Beer to a fine of $4,000 plus costs, totaling $5,154.


On March 17, 2008, Michael T. Byrne entered a plea of no contest to two misdemeanor false reporting violations and was sentenced by Judge James R. Beer to 30 days in the county jail for each count. This sentence is to run concurrently with a five years in prison and five years extended supervision sentence that Byrne recently received in Ashland County for Use of a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime.


Assistant Attorney General Steven Tinker represented the state.