The former president of a Terre Haute company that treated liquid industrial wastes has been sentenced to five years in prison for concealing elevated levels of chemical discharges into the Wabash River.
A federal judge also ordered Derrik Hagerman and Wabash Environmental Technologies to pay nearly $238,000 in restitution.
Hagerman's attorney argued that Hagerman's behavior amounted to a record-keeping violation and there was no environmental harm, but the judge said the 10 counts could not be dismissed as honest mistakes.
A federal jury found Hagerman guilty May 24th of 10 counts of violating the federal Clean Water Act. Hagerman has said he would appeal.