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The manager of a defunct Douglass Township water-testing laboratory was indicted Friday in federal court on allegations that she aided in preparing and submitting falsified water tests and reports for municipalities and businesses, authorities said.
The defendant, Debbie Ann Wanner, 45, Reading was employed by the former Blue Marsh Laboratories Inc., 1605 Benjamin Franklin Highway, from 2001 to 2007, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia.
Investigators said she was responsible for reviewing and preparing data for environmental test results prior to delivery to customers. She also was in charge of reviewing laboratory standard-operating procedures to make sure they met federal standards.
Michael J. McKenna, owner and laboratory director, was charged earlier this year in an 84-count indictment with conspiracy, mail fraud, violating the Clean Water Act, making false statements and other offenses, according to federal court documents.
Authorities said McKenna, 53, of Kutztown billed customers about $92,000 from September 2005 to December 2007 for water testing and other services that were fraudulent.
McKenna was responsible for ensuring that the lab was properly equipped and staffed. However, according to the indictment, McKenna lied about the qualifications of workers and ordered them to conduct tests and prepare reports even though he knew that they did not have the equipment or expertise.
Last July, the state attorney general's office charged McKenna and Wanner, contending that the lab submitted fraudulent reports that generated more than $135,000 for the company between 2005 and 2008.
Wanner surrendered after the charges and remains free awaiting court action. McKenna posted $300,000 bail and also remains free.
Investigators said fraudulent tests were supplied to various entities, which were required by law to submit water testing samples for various types of pollutants to the federal Environmental Protection Agency.