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Bankrupt logger charged with bad checks

A Sanbornton logger repeatedly cited for damaging wetlands has been indicted for allegedly writing bad checks.

Gary Bardsley is accused of bouncing a check for $3,210 he wrote to a Manchester tire store in February 2011.

The logger, who along with his business partners agreed last year to pay $100,000 in environmental fines to the state, filed for bankruptcy in September 2011. He cited nearly $5.4 million in liabilities and only $36,000 in assets in bankruptcy court documents. The case was finalized in May.

Bardsley is still in debt with the state for his environmental violations, according to Assistant Attorney General Evan Mulholland. Half of the $100,000 fine imposed on Bardsley and his business partners, David Porter Jr. and Linda Griffin, was suspended pending five years of no further violations.

But the group still owes $20,000 that was due by the end of last year, according to Mulholland.

The fines stem from two cases where Bardsley was accused of not following best logging practices, leading to the damage of protected wetlands. In Groton, the state accused him of not using erosion controls on a site off Halls Brook Road. In Webster, Bardsley did the same thing on two parcels off Little Hill Road, according to the state.

As part of the settlement, Bardsley and his partners were ordered to take two certification courses for professional loggers each year.

Bardsley hasn’t notified the attorney general’s office that he’s taken any of those courses, according to Mulholland, who said he believes the logger is still working in the field. He said Bardsley is responsible for notifying the state when he does take a certification course.

According to the recent indictment, Bardsley is living on Eastman Hill Road in Sanbornton. A message left yesterday on a business number listed for Bardsley went unanswered, and attempts to reach him for comment were unsuccessful. He does not yet have a lawyer listed at the Hillsborough County Superior Court, where the indictment was issued.

The charge of issuing bad checks is a Class A felony, carrying a maximum penalty of 7?? to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $4,000.

Bardsley faced environmental fines from the state as early as 2000. Then he paid $10,000, followed by an additional $15,000 in suspended fines collected two years later for poor work in New Hampton, according to Mulholland. In 2005, he was fined $6,300 by the Department of Environmental Services for work in Sandwich and his company was fined $4,500 for work in Loudon.

(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3306 or tnadolny@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @tricia_nadolny.)’

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