Former water official convicted in tainted well water case

04/29/2013 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Chicago – A former water official in suburban Chicago has been convicted in a case involving tainted well water. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Theresa Neubauer, 55, was convicted Monday after being accused of lying about carcinogen-tainted well water being mixed secretly into the area drinking supply.

The allegations about the polluted water began to surface in 2008. The tainted well water was pumped into the water supply even after warnings from environmental officials that carcinogens had seeped into the well in the 1980s.

Tricia Krause, a resident of Crestwood, is quoted by the AP as stating of the feeling of betrayal for some residents by village officials, “What did the citizens of Crestwood and my family do to the water department? Nothing… We were secretly poisoned and it wasn’t right.”

Neubauer was found guilty on 11 counts, which each carries a maximum prison sentence of five years. A sentencing hearing has been tentatively scheduled for October 2.

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