- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - A Gibson City man has been convicted of federal mail fraud for selling a product he marketed as an aquatic pesticide that prosecutors say killed fish in ponds and lakes across the country.

A federal jury deliberated for about an hour before finding 61-year-old Carl Kieser guilty of charges including illegal application of a pesticide inconsistent with its labeling. He faces up to 20 years in prison for mail fraud when he is sentenced in February.

Prosecutors say Kieser made, advertised, sold and distributed a product to control lake weeds and algae. It included a pesticide that is toxic to aquatic wildlife.

Prosecutors say Kieser knew the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency prohibits the direct application of the pesticide in water. They say he mailed the product to customers in 2.5-gallon jugs without labels.

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