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Feds charge man after alleged mercury disposal at Albany Med's cafeteria


ALBANY, N.Y. - The man accused of disposing of mercury throughout the Albany Medical Center cafeteria has been arrested by federal authorities Thursday, U.S. Attorneys in New York say.

59-year-old Martin Kimber, a retired pharmacist from Ruby, NY, has been charged with the illegal disposal of a hazardous waste in a manner posing a danger of death or serious bodily injury to others and illegal storage and disposal of hazardous waste without a permit.

The charges come after a March 2nd incident in which Kimber was supposedly observed on hospital surveillance cameras placing a substance in the cafeteria at Albany Med. Mercury was later found on food and heating elements in the cafeteria in which it could vaporize into the air.

One person was treated in the emergency room after consuming food with mercury on it.

A search warrant was executed at Kimber's house and car, in which officials seized two jars of mercury. Twenty-one guns were also removed from his home.

Law enforcement also supposedly found literature at Kimber's home reflecting domestic terrorism. The Turner Diaries was found, which states on the cover page: "This book contains racist propaganda" and "The FBI said it was the blueprint for the Oklahoma City bombing." In addition, officers say they found a Nazi swastika on a wall of his home.

Mercury was also deposited in numerous locations throughout the Albany Medical Center at March 28th, April 11th, June 23rd in 2011.

For the two charges, Kimber faces the maximum sentence of a combined 20 years in jail, and a combined $500,000 fine or twice the gross loss to any victim.

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