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Man Pleads Guilty To Polluting San Diego Bay

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - A man who was arrested in Malta and extradited to the United States has pleaded guilty to polluting San Diego Bay.

The U.S. attorney's office says Robert Fred Smith entered his plea yesterday in San Diego federal court.

Prosecutors say Smith admitted dumping concrete, paint and rust into the bay to avoid disposal costs while repairing a boat in 2006.

Smith also pleaded guilty to making false statements to investigators from the Coast Guard and Environmental Protection Agency during questioning about the dumping.

The boat's owner, Joseph Anthony O'Connor, remains in custody in Malta awaiting extradition.

Smith faces up to five years in prison when he's sentenced in October.

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(Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.signonsandiego.com )

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