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Excavator accused of faking 2 Pennsylvania water main tests

June 7, 2019 GMT

WYOMISSING, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania prosecutors are accusing an excavation company of altering the results of water sampling tests, leading to a contaminated water line being used to serve about 40 homes.

The attorney general’s office on Friday announced charges against 43-year-old Matthew Barrasso of Mohnton that include tampering with public records and forgery.

He’s the owner of Barrasso Excavation Inc., based near Reading. Barrasso didn’t return phone messages left Friday at his home and work.

Prosecutors say he admitted to altering a test result on a line built in Wyomissing in 2017 so that it no longer said that coliform and E. coli had been found.

He’s also accused of falsifying the results of testing on a newly installed water line Quarryville in 2016.