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Theresa Neubauer gets 2 years probation in Crestwood tainted water case

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Former Crestwood official Theresa Neubauer was sentenced to two years of probation for lying about mixing tainted well water into the village's drinking water.

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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