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Plea in Amherst wetlands case nets $250,000 fine by developer Huntress
As part of the deal, criminal charges against Acquest owner William L. Huntress were dropped. Although this is a corporate plea, the corporation is solely owned and solely operated by one man William Huntress, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who led the prosecution. Even though the charges against Huntress were dropped, the plea deal notes that Huntress is the sole owner of the corporation that pleaded guilty to criminal contempt. The case against Acquest and Huntress dates from 2008 and centered on allegations that the developer illegally filled in wetlands and removed trees on a 97-acre parcel of land at 10880 Transit Road in Amherst. Huntress, 57, who has a reputation for butting heads with neighborhood residents and public officials, was indicted on charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to defraud. The indictment also charged two of Huntress companies, Acquest Development LLC and Acquest Transit LLC. The prosecution claimed that Huntress knew the Transit Road site was a wetland when he bought it in 2006. The governments case against Acquest ended in March of 2013 when Skretny, citing the prosecutions improper influence of the grand jury, dismissed an indictment against Huntress and his company.
Speakers included: William Huntress, CEO, Acquest Development, specializing in Industrial; Michael Montante, Vice President, Uniland Development, specializing in Office; and Michael Mundy, Executive Director, National Leasing, Benderson Development, specializing in Retail.
Expert Panel: Michael Mundy, Benderson Development; William Huntress, Acquest Development; Michael Montante, Uniland Development
Of Acquest's head, William Huntress, Militello says, "He professed that I wouldn't sign a lease, but the lease that he had for me was not a lease; it was this hodgepodge of two different buildings, and there was stuff in there that had nothing to do with our building."
Bill Huntress and his son-in-law, Omar Abu-Sitta, appeared in this billboard on the Kensington Expressway.
Bill Huntress and his son-in-law, Omar Abu-Sitta, appeared in this billboard on the Kensington Expressway. Huntress, son-in-law appear in 'ad' on the 33 d) Hey, isn't that developer Bill Huntress? Whoa, he's going to sue the pants off somebody. If you came up with answer d, you get partial credit. One of the two men in the billboard is, indeed, William L. Huntress, owner and president of Acquest Development. But in this case, he isn't suing anyone. In the billboard, Huntress, 56, is pictured wearing a tuxedo and boutonniere. He has his left arm wrapped around the shoulders of a similarly dressed younger man with a message below the photo that implies that the two men are a couple and have some, well, sexual performance issues. Dvorak wouldn't say who commissioned the billboard or who is pictured, but it's clearly Huntress standing with his son-in-law, Omar Abu-Sitta. Huntress did not return a call seeking comment about the billboard or the nature of the bet, but despite his reputation as an occasionally hard-nosed developer, he apparently has a healthy sense of humor. Rumor has it that Huntress' son, Michael, won the family wager. It's rare for Lamar Advertising to put up a billboard along a major road for less than a month, or for this type of space to be purchased for entirely personal reasons. But in this case, it appears that Huntress or one of his family members won a week of billboard space at a foundation auction held in September.