A jury in Illinois has reportedly convicted Theresa Neubauer, Village of Crestwood’s former water department clerk and supervisor, of “lying repeatedly to environmental regulators for more than 20 years about using a water well to supplement the village’s drinking water supply from Lake Michigan.” The government prevailed at trial on 11 counts of false statements relating to the village’s supplementation of its primary drinking water source—treated water from Lake Michigan—with water from a local well.
Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the village should have reported use of the well water to regulators and should have conducted periodic testing for contaminants in the well water. Instead, Neubauer told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that the Lake Michigan water was the sole source of water delivered to customers, and she never tested the well water delivered to customers. Currently the village’s police chief, the defendant could be sentenced to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count. See U.S. Department of Justice News Release, April 29, 2013.