Man ordered to prison for rigging Dale County water results

By  | 

Montgomery (WTVY)- A Florida man who admitted falsifying water samples in Dale County was ordered Friday to serve 30-months in a federal prison. Darin Lewis of Crestview will be on supervised released for three years following his release.

Lewis, a foreman with Milton, Florida-based Roberson Excavation Company, pleaded guilty in February to Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud. The indictment against him alleged the Dale County Water Authority hired Roberson in 2014 to replace water lines in the Marley Mill neighborhood of Dale County.

Also Friday, Roberson Excavation was ordered to pay a $60,000 fine for its role the bogus tests. Charges against owner Billy Ray Roberson were dismissed earlier this year.

“By February of 2015, (the company) was three months behind schedule on the job and paying penalties of $500 for each day that the project went incomplete. Lewis then falsified tests to determine if bacteria was present in the water,” prosecutors alleged.

“Roberson Excavation clearly placed profit over the well-being of an entire community,” said Acting United States Attorney Clark Morris in an earlier statement. “We are thankful that no one became sick as a result of this unlawful corner-cutting. The responsible parties deserve to be held accountable for their potentially dangerous actions.”

Lewis was ordered to begin serving his prison sentence no later than October 24.