Ex-official who faked water tests makes deal, gets probation

October 19, 2016

SIDNEY, Iowa (AP) — A former city official in southwest Iowa accused of falsifying drinking water quality tests has made a plea deal for probation.

Online court records say 36-year-old Mark Travis pleaded guilty Monday to knowing discharge of a pollutant. Prosecutors dismissed a charge of felonious misconduct in office. The records say Travis was sentenced to a year of probation and fined $625. He also was given a deferred judgment. Under a deferred judgment, Travis’ record will be cleared of the conviction if he successfully completes the probation.

Authorities say Travis falsified Sidney’s monthly operation reports given to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources from 2009 to 2015.

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