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Wastewater treatment facility head sentenced for false reports

Wastewater treatment facility head sentenced for false reports

Chief operator of Bolton facility admitted to falsifying sample reports in September.
Wastewater treatment facility head sentenced for false reports
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BOLTON -- The head of a wastewater treatment plant in Bolton, Warren County, has been sentenced to probation for falsifying sample results at the facility.

Thomas French, 37, of Bolton Landing, was given three years of probation and also had his certification/license to operate a wastewater treatment plant revoked, when he was sentenced Friday in Albany City Court, according to the office of District Attorney P. David Soares. 

French, who was chief operator and superintendent of the Bolton Wastewater Treatment Facility, pleaded guilty in September to one count of second-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a misdemeanor.

The charge accused him of, on several occasions in April and May of 2017, intentionally falsifying recordings of pH and phosphate level readings in water sampled from the treatment plant. 

He then submitted the false records to the town of Bolton and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation at its state office headquarters in Albany. 

He was charged after on investigation led by the state Department of Environmental Conservation's Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigations Unit.

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