On August 26, 2013, Tennie White, the owner and operator of an environmental laboratory located in Jackson, Mississippi, was sentenced to forty (40) months in prison with three years of supervised release thereafter, a $1,000.00 fine and a $100.00 special assessment, by U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate, in connection with her conviction for faking laboratory testing results and lying to federal investigators.
White was the owner, operator and manager of Mississippi Environmental Analytical Laboratories Inc. She was found guilty in May 2013 of two false statement counts and one count of obstructing proceedings, based upon evidence established at trial. White was hired to perform laboratory testing
of a client’s industrial process waste water samples and then to use those results to complete monthly discharge monitoring reports for submission. Trial evidence was presented that White created a discharge monitoring report (“DMR”) for each of the months October, November and December 2008 that falsely represented that laboratory testing had been performed on samples when no such testing had been done. There was also evidence that White created a fictitious laboratory report for her client in preparing the DMR for January 2009. And then as it seems is always the case, there were false statements made to a federal agent during the subsequent criminal investigation.
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