"Mr. Mold" off the job after fraud guilty plea

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The owner of an Oregon home-inspection business has admitted in court that he conducted several site reviews without proper training or certification in looking for lead-based paint.

Vancouver resident Martin G. Kuna owns "Mr. Mold," a business that inspects homes for mold, radon, lead-based paint and asbestos.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/QffQrv ) in ads from May 2008 to September 2012, he said that he was certified to conduct lead-based pain inspections.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Kerin says Kuna conducted at least 10 such inspections. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency investigators caught on and told Kuna to stop in January 2012, but he continued the work into September.

Kuna pleaded guilty Friday to wire fraud.

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