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TWO FORMER DRINKING WATER COMPANY EMPLOYEES INDICTED IN TEXAS

Release Date: 12/03/99
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FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, DEC. 3, 1999

TWO FORMER DRINKING WATER COMPANY
EMPLOYEES INDICTED IN TEXAS

Delbert I. Dake and Randall B. Taff, former employees of Central Texas Utilities in Tarrant County, Texas, were indicted on Nov. 10, in U.S. District Court in Fort Worth on charges of conspiracy and on two counts of allegedly making false statements. The defendants are accused of falsifying the bacteriological count in water samples from drinking water systems in five north Texas counties. Drinking water is tested for bacteria to help ensure that people who drink the water will not develop intestinal infections or other infectious diseases. If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000 on each charge. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division with assistance of the National Enforcement Investigations Center, the FBI, the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, and the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife, and is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.


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