Dec 28, 2000

Louisiana Sewage Treatment Company Owner Sentenced for Improper Maintenance

The owner of a Louisiana-based wastewater treatment company received a sentence to imprisonment and fines after pleading guilty to conspiring to violate the Clean Water Act and obstructing justice.

From 1991-1998, Glenn Kelly Johnson, owner of Johnson Properties, Inc., which owns more than 200 wastewater treatment facilities in seven southern states, failed to properly maintain wastewater treatment facilities and diverted customers' fees for his personal use. He also offered a former employee money to lie to federal investigators about false discharge monitoring reports that had been filed with regulators.

Johnson was sentenced in New Orleans to 36 months imprisonment, 36 months probation and was ordered to pay a $500,000 fine and $250,000 in restitution to homeowners.

(Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)