Ex-president of Terre Haute firm sentenced on environmental charges

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

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.

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