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The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Bruce Evans, Sr., age 65, former Greenfield Township Sewer Authority Manager, and his son, Bruce Evans, Jr., age 37, both of Greenfield Township, Pennsylvania were indicted on January 8, 2019 by a federal grand jury for multiple violations of the Clean Water Act. Evans, Sr. is also charged with multiple counts of wire fraud.
According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that Evans, Sr. was a Greenfield Township Supervisor, a Greenfield Township Sewer Authority Board Member, and Manager of the Greenfield Township Sewer Authority. Evans, Jr. was an employee of both Greenfield Township and the Greenfield Township Sewer Authority. It is alleged that on various dates between April 2013 and December 2017, Evans, Sr. and Evans, Jr. failed to operate and manage the municipality’s waste water treatment plant in accordance with regulations and limitations specified in a permit issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) and the Environmental Protections Agency (EPA). The permit required that the permittee at all times maintain in good working order, and properly operate and maintain all facilities and systems, which were installed and used by the permittee to achieve compliance with the terms and conditions of the permits. It is also alleged that as a result of such failures, pollutants were discharged in violation of the permit.
The indictment further alleges that Evans, Sr. engaged in a scheme to defraud the Greenfield Township Sewer Authority by fraudulently converting funds and property of the Sewer Authority for his own personal benefit and for the benefit of a family member, including unlawful payments for a personal cell phone, fueling of personal vehicles, educational expenses, and unlawful use of Greenfield Township Sewer Authority labor.
The charges stem from an investigation jointly conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.