Warren County

DA: Bolton wastewater plant supervisor admits fake test results

He faces probation and loss of his license, prosecutors say

ALBANY – The one-time superintendent at a Warren County wastewater treatment plant admitted Thursday he falsified water test results, Albany County district attorney’s officials said.

Thomas French, 27, of Bolton Landing, pleaded guilty in Albany City Court Thursday to one count of second-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a misdemeanor.

He is expected to receive three years probation at his December sentencing, officials said. His license to operate a wastewater treatment plant will also be revoked.

French, who led the town of Bolton Wastewater Treatment Plant, was arrested in April and accused of faking reports concerning pH and phosphate levels. He did so from April to May 2017 and submitted the faked results to the state, which led to the prosecution in Albany. Bolton sits on the banks of Lake George.

The investigation was led by the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation Unit. Assistant District Attorney Benjamin Mastaitis handled the prosecution.

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