Harlem public works director indicted

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A federal grand jury in Savannah has returned an 11-count indictment against Harlem Public Works Director Daniel Webster Cason today.

The indictment charges Mr. Cason with Clean Water Act violations, according to a news release from the United States Attorney, Southern District of Georgia.

Charges stem from the Jan. 2004 pumping of a pollutant from the oxidation pond at Harlem's Wastewater Treatment Plant into the Euchee Creek tributary near the plant, the release states. He also is accused of making false statements in records and reports involving the plant's measurements of fecal coliform and biochemical oxygen demand, the release states.

Edmund A. Booth Jr., US Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, stated that Mr. Cason could face a maximum of three years in prison and $250,000 fine if convicted of the pumping charge. The false statement charges carry a penalty of two years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine for each count.


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