- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted a Delaware developer accused of making false statements to federal authorities regarding alleged violations of the Clean Water Act.

The indictment announced Tuesday alleges that 73-year-old Joseph L. Capano of Middletown and Riverbend Community LLC conspired with others to illegally discharge pollutants into wetlands. The indictment involves Riverbend at Old New Castle, a residential development in New Castle that has been scrutinized by regulators for years and was the subject of a cease-and-desist order by state environmental officials several years ago.

The indictment centers on construction of an entrance causeway in federally protected wetlands and placement of a water main in a marsh and wetland area in violation of an Army Corps of Engineers directive.

A telephone message for Capano was not immediately returned.

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