- Associated Press - Friday, March 27, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A 60-year-old McDowell County woman has been sentenced to federal prison for filing fraudulent water quality reports.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Thursday Bonita Witt-Hird will serve one year and one day in a federal prison.

Witt-Hird was formerly employed as the office manager for Richmorr Associates Inc., an environmental engineering firm in Elkview. The company provides water sampling services to wastewater treatment plants throughout West Virginia.

Witt-Hird admitted that from April 2012 to June 2013, she filed approximately 80 false reports with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

The false reports made it appear that water quality sampling had been performed for the wastewater plants when in fact the test results had been copied from previous years.

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