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Bolton Man Pleads Guilty To Submitting False Water-Supply Testing Reports

CONTACT: Evan Meenan, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5512

September 12, 2011

The Attorney General’s Office announced today that Michael Bernardine of Bolton, Vermont pled guilty in Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden Criminal Division, on August 30, 2011, to two counts of submitting false reports concerning public-water-supply tests.

The Department of Environmental Conservation investigated the matter in late 2010 and early 2011 after receiving word from an independent testing lab of inconsistencies in testing results submitted by Bernardine. According to documents filed with the Court, the DEC investigation revealed that Bernardine was acting as the certified operator for public water supplies in Huntington and Bolton in July and November 2010 when he submitted reports purporting to show the results of tests of those water supplies but in fact the results were from other, non-public, water supplies. When confronted with the discrepancy Bernadine admitted that he had not performed the testing for the public water supplies in Huntington and Bolton and had in fact submitted results from testing performed at other locations.

Pursuant to a plea agreement, Bernardine was required to pay a fine of $1,000 for each offense and the State dismissed three additional counts of submitting false reports.

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