Theresa Neubauer gets 2 years probation in Crestwood tainted water case

November 21, 2013 (CHICAGO)

Neubauer, a former water department supervisor and police chief, also received community service during Thursday's sentencing hearing. She had faced the possibility of years behind bars.

Frank Scaccia, a retired water operator, was also sentenced to two years of probation.

In 2013, Neubauer and Scaccia, were found guilty of lying about mixing water from the contaminated well with cleaner- but more expensive- water from Lake Michigan between 1982 and 2008. They allegedly wanted to show they were fiscally responsible by keeping water rates low. Using the well water saved the village about $400,000 a year.

Allegations about the tainted water surfaced in 2008 when a whistleblower came forward. Some residents believe the tainted water caused health problems, including cancer.

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