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Virginia Tree Care Technician Fined, Given Probation For Operating And Advertising As A Tree Expert Prior To Being Licensed
SILVER SPRING — Brian S. Cooper of Treescape Services, Rapidan, VA, pleaded guilty to operating a tree expert business without a license and false advertising or soliciting as an unlicensed tree expert business in Montgomery County District Court this morning. Cooper was subsequently sentenced to Probation Before Judgment and $650 in fines.
The charges were filed by the Maryland Natural Resources Police in December of 2006 related to a complaint received by the Maryland Forest Service, a division of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in February of 2006. The complaint came from a local government official who encountered Cooper performing tree care for hire in Montgomery County. A check of Treescape Services’ website revealed advertising for tree care services, however departmental records showed that Cooper was not a Licensed Tree Expert and had no Licensed Tree Experts on staff. Cooper had previously pleaded guilty to operating a tree expert business without a license in Montgomery County District Court in January 2002.
In January of 2007, Cooper obtained his Maryland Tree Expert license.
January 25, 2007
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