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West Virginia man convicted of dumping asbestos in forest

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man convicted of dumping asbestos in a national forest has been ordered to pay more than $14,000 in restitution to the state for cleanup costs.

Billy G. Leary Jr. pleaded guilty to one charge of creating an open dump after West Virginia Natural Resources Police determined he threw out asbestos in the Monongahela National Forest near Elkins, the agency said in a statement Sunday.

Leary was sentenced to six months in jail, which was suspended. He was fined $100 plus court costs in addition to the restitution.

The agency said it was alerted to the dumping in April through a complaint on Facebook.