- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal prosecutors say two Greek shipping companies and two of their employees have been convicted of multiple charges after they dumped sludge and waste water into the ocean and tried to cover it up.

A statement from the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday said the companies and the workers were convicted by a jury in Greenville, North Carolina.

Evidence showed that in June 2015, a ship discharged around ten metric tons of sludge into the ocean, and regularly pumped contaminated water directly overboard.

After arriving at the Port of Wilmington, the companies and the workers tried to hide the discharges by presenting a false log to U.S. Coast Guard inspectors. When inspectors uncovered evidence of dumping, the defendants ordered lower-level crewmembers to lie to Coast Guard personnel.

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