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Improper Meth Cleanup Leaves Homes Unsafe

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by Nick Beres

MANCHESTER, Tenn. - Cleaning up a home after a meth lab bust is tough enough, but now there's growing concern about one so-called inspector doing it wrong.

"It's terrible," said Det. Billy Butler with the Manchster Police Dept.

Detectives arrested Doug McCasland and charged him with impersonation and theft. He's accused of posing as a licensed industrial hygienist who is hired to clean up properties contaminated by meth labs.

"These inspectors are supposed to be in the home and then when they're done they say it's clean and the homeowner can then again rent it out safely," said Butler.

However, Butler said McCasland is a fraud who took money to clean several homes and never made them safe.  They believe he's taken in more than $200,000. State and federal investigators are now looking into problems with homes in 18 jurisdications throughout Tennessee.

Police said McCasland not only took money for work he didn't do properly or have a license to perform, but he also gave property owners certificates stating that their homes were again safe to rent. Police said this means some families could have rented properties that are still contaminated.

The state is now in the process of re-testing dozens of homes for safety.

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