New Laws Toughen Penalties for Environmental Offenses

Wilmington, DE – Attorney General Beau Biden announced that new laws strengthening
Delaware’s environmental laws have been enacted. Senate Bill 309, drafted by the Department of
Justice and signed into law this week by Governor Ruth Ann Minner, enhances penalties against
illegal air and water pollution and other environmental crimes, broadens the scope of Delaware’s
anti-dumping laws, and increases penalties against all violations committed in Delaware State
“Defiling the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land on which we live are serious
crimes that warrant serious penalties,” stated Attorney General Joseph R. Biden, III. “I’m pleased
that we now have stronger tools to fight and deter environmental crime.”
The changes enhance Delaware’s environmental protection statutes in several key ways,
• Increasing penalties for illegal dumping, some of which have not been increased in 35 years.
• Doubling the minimum penalty for strict liability environmental offenses for air and water
pollution and other environmental violations.
• Giving private landowners the right to seek damages and attorneys’ fees from polluters who
illegally dump on their land.
• Establishing greater penalties for all violations of regulations in Delaware’s state parks,
including dumping and polluting. These include doubling the penalty for first offenses and
setting higher penalties for multiple offenses. These penalties have not increased in 17
• Enhancing law enforcement’s tools to prosecute dumping by allowing citations to be issued
to owners of vehicles that are involved in dumping activity.
• Clarifying that those who indirectly participate in illegal dumping are also violating the law.
Senate Bill 309 was introduced by Senator David McBride. The bill unanimously passed the
Senate on June 24 and the House of Representatives on June 30. It was drafted by the Delaware
Department of Justice with input from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and
Environmental Control.
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Former Millsboro Library Director Sentenced in Theft Case

Wilmington, DE – Today, Attorney General Beau Biden announced that former Millsboro Library
Director Cheryl Scheffel pled guilty in Sussex County Superior Court on July 16, 2008 to multiple
offenses, including theft of $168,326.39 from the Millsboro Library.
“This ruling sends a clear message to those who would steal from Delaware’s taxpayers that
theft of public funds will not be tolerated,” stated Attorney General Joseph R. Biden, III.
Scheffel pled guilty in Sussex County Superior Court before Judge T. Henley Graves to one
count of Theft over $100,000, four counts of Forgery 2nd Degree, and one count of Falsifying Business
Records. She was ordered to pay $168,326.39 in restitution to the Millsboro Library. She has been
ordered to serve 10 consecutive weekends at a Violation of Probation Center, beginning the weekend
of July 25, 2008, and to serve 14 years of probation. Scheffel was also ordered to continue treatment
with a gambling therapist, to have no contact with any gambling establishment, and to provide proof of
self-barring from any gambling facility in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Philadelphia.
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Attorney General Biden Announces Stronger Child Protection Statutes

Mandatory prison time for distributors of child pornography; Megan’s Law loopholes closed
Wilmington, DE – Attorney General Beau Biden today announced that key changes to Delaware’s
sex offender registry law have been enacted and that the criminal penalties for several serious
offenses against children have been increased under two pieces of legislation drafted by the
Delaware Department of Justice and signed into law Wednesday by Governor Ruth Ann Minner.
House Substitute 1 for House Bill 421 imposes harsher consequences for the possession and
distribution of child pornography and increases the criminal penalties against those convicted of
unlawful sexual contact. In addition, the scope of the law has been broadened to account for ways
that pornographers use technology to victimize children by including all modes of dealing in illegal
images, electronic or otherwise.
“Tougher penalties for those who possess and distribute child pornography reflect the harsh
reality that pornographers are predators and must be punished accordingly,” stated Attorney General
Joseph R. Biden, III. “Delaware needs tough laws to keep kids safe from predators and I commend
the Governor and the General Assembly for giving prosecutors the tools they need to get criminals
off the streets and away from our children.”
The enhanced statutes get tougher on predators by:
• Increasing the penalties for unlawful sexual contact with children
• Toughening the penalties for possessing and distributing child pornography
• Establishing a mandatory prison sentence for distributing child pornography
• Broadening the law to account for all forms of child pornography, including the use of new
electronic devices, such as camera phones and iPods
A separate piece of legislation, House Bill 485, changes Delaware’s sex offender registry
statute to provide additional protections to Delaware’s children and communities from sex
offenders, who will now find the state a less desirable place to live. The enhanced law now requires
offenders who live in Delaware to register in Delaware no matter where they were convicted or if
they were convicted before the 1994 enactment of Delaware’s Megan’s Law. The changes are
intended to meet new U.S. Department of Justice guidelines for states following last year’s passage
of the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (“Adam Walsh Act”), which aligns sex
offender registry standards nationwide.
As amended, Delaware’s Megan’s Law now requires that the following people register with
the Delaware State Police:
• Criminals convicted of a sexual offense in a jurisdiction outside of Delaware, including
an offense committed in another country.
• Criminals convicted of a sexual offense prior to the enactment of Delaware’s sex
offender registry statute on June 27, 1994. This includes offenders who have been
serving prison time from pre-1994 convictions and are scheduled to be released.
“It doesn’t matter when, where, or how a predator victimized a child, that offender has nowhere
to hide in Delaware,” stated Attorney General Biden.
Both pieces of legislation, House Substitute 1 for House Bill 421 and House Bill 485, were
drafted by the Delaware Department of Justice and unanimously passed both houses of the General
Assembly earlier this summer.
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Attorney General Biden Announces National Agreement to Protect Children from Predators

Wilmington, DE – Attorney General Beau Biden today announced that an agreement among U.S.
cable providers, attorneys general nationwide, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited
Children will target child pornographers and provide additional protections to children from
“In the fight to keep kids safe from predators, industry must do its part,” stated Attorney
General Joseph R. Biden, III. “By taking active steps to limit the distribution of child pornography
and reporting offenders to law enforcement, the entire cable industry is taking a significant step in
the right direction.”
Today’s agreement was reached among the National Cable & Telecommunications Association
(NCTA), the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and the National
Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). Attorney General Biden joined more than 40 of the
nation’s Attorneys General in formally supporting today’s agreement.
Nationally, the cable industry brings internet service to 112 million homes, representing 87
percent of U.S. households. Through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NCMEC, all
cable operators represented on the NCTA Board of Directors will help reduce the proliferation of
child pornography by:
• Using NCMEC’s database of websites identified as containing child pornography to ensure
that no such site is hosted on servers owned or controlled by those companies
• Reporting websites containing child pornography to NCMEC’s CyberTipline
• Revising their policies around other potential sources of child pornography, such as webbased
All cable internet service providers currently forbid the hosting of child pornography on their
servers. Through the MOU, NCMEC will provide service providers with additional sources of
information to help them enforce their terms of service, including help in identifying instances of
child pornography and facilitating their reporting of such material to NCMEC as required by federal
law. NCMEC, in turn, refers these cases to law enforcement, including the Delaware Child
Predator Task Force, for investigation and prosecution.
The cable operators that have agreed to execute the MOU within 30 days include: Comcast
Corporation; Time Warner Cable; Cox Communications; Charter Communications; Cablevision
System Corporation; Bright House Networks; Suddenlink Communications; Mediacom
Communications Corp; Insight Communications; Bresnan Communications; Midcontinent
Communications; Broadstripe; US Cable Corporation; BendBroadband; Eagle Communications;
GCI; Sjoberg’s Inc.; and Harron.
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Biden Announces New Consumer Protection Measures

Wilmington, DE – Today, Attorney General Beau Biden announced that MoneyGram Payment
Systems, Inc., a money transfer service, has agreed to take active steps to combat the use of its service
by fraudulent telemarketers and other scam artists. As part of the agreement, MoneyGram will fund a
national consumer awareness program, block suspected fraudulent wire transfers, and prominently
warn its customers of the risk of fraud at the time they initiate wire transfers. The agreement follows a
preliminary investigation and was reached with Delaware along with 43 other states and the District of
“Criminals from across the globe use the ease of wire transfer services to prey on innocent
consumers here in Delaware,” stated Attorney General Joseph R. Biden, III. “Today’s action will
protect those consumers from the increasing threat of fraud and scams.”
The agreement is aimed at reducing the number of “fraud-induced transfers” – money wired by
consumers to perpetrators of fraud and scams. One common example of this is the lottery scam, in
which victims are told that they have won a monetary prize, but must first send funds to cover
processing, taxes, or other fees in order to claim the winnings. Often, victims are instructed to send
these funds via wire transfer services such as MoneyGram.
MoneyGram will implement several new policies to combat fraud-induced transfers, including:
• Funding a $1.1 million national consumer education campaign on avoiding fraud-induced
• Placing prominent warnings on the dangers of fraud-induced transfers on its printed forms
and website, with comparable warnings for telephone transfers.
• Enhancing anti-fraud training and notification efforts to company agents.
• Blocking wire transfers from specific consumers or to specific recipients when MoneyGram
receives information to believe that fraud will occur.
• Ensuring that money transfers sent from the U.S.A. can only be picked up in the country
designated by the sender.