The owner of an environmental testing laboratory in Douglassville, Pennsylvania, has reportedly been sentenced by a federal court to nine months in prison for his role in a conspiracy that resulted in reporting false water test results. United States v. Blue Marsh Labs., No. 11-259 (E.D. Pa. sentencing 9/10/12).
The owner and the company must also pay $14,114 restitution, and the company was sentenced to five years of probation.
Owner Michael McKenna and his company pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud customers by making false representations about test results, violating the Clean Water Act and making false statements to the Food and Drug Administration. The violations occurred between September 2005 and December 2007 when the company falsely represented to customers that the lab had followed proper U.S. Environmental Protection Agency test methods in testing for cyanide, herbicides and other pollutants in Hurricane Katrina floodwater samples and for pesticide contamination on tangelos imported from South America. See Department of Justice Press Release, September 10, 2012.