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MASSACHUSETTS DEFENDANT CHARGED WITH FALSIFYING DRINKING WATER TESTS
Release Date: 03/23/2000
FOR RELEASE: THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2000
MASSACHUSETTS DEFENDANT CHARGED WITH
FALSIFYING DRINKING WATER TESTS
William J. McCarthy of Lawrence, Mass. was charged on March 17 with 18 counts of making false statements. During the 1990's, McCarthy was the Senior Chemist at Lawrence’s drinking water filtration plant where he supervised water quality testing. The charges allege that he repeatedly fabricated required drinking water quality test results. The Lawrence filtration plant draws water from the Merrimack River and distributes it to more than 60,000 residents. If convicted, McCarthy faces up to 5 years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 on each count. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts in Lawrence.