Judge reschedules sentencing in wastewater testing fraud case

WATER VALLEY — A federal judge has reset the sentencing date for an environmental laboratory owner in Mississippi who was convicted on federal charges of falsifying records on industrial wastewater samples.

Tennie White was the sole operator of Mississippi Environmental Analytical Laboratories Inc.

She was convicted in May in U.S. District Court in Jackson on two counts of making false statements and one count of obstruction.

Sentencing was set for Aug. 8 before U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate.

It has been continued to Aug. 23.

White faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each court of making false statements and up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the obstruction charge.

White’s lawyer, Abby Brumley, has said they plan to appeal.

The indictment from November 2012 says Borg Warner Emissions Systems Inc. hired White to test wastewater discharge at its car parts plant in Water Valley. It says White created three reports in 2009 that indicated testing had been done, when it had not.

The tests were used for reports submitted to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The car parts company was not accused of wrongdoing.

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