CHICAGO (AP) — A former suburban Chicago official convicted of lying about drawing village drinking water from a poisoned well has both apologized and insisted she wasn't responsible.
The longtime Crestwood water supervisor, Theresa Neubauer, spoke to reporters Monday after a federal jury in Chicago convicted her of making false statements to environmental regulators for decades.
Her voice broke as she said outside the courtroom that she's "devastated" by the verdict. She faces a maximum of 55 years in prison when sentenced later this year.
Neubauer says she was "unknowingly sucked into" the scheme to mix well water into cleaner water to help keep water rates low.
Asked if she wanted to apologize to Crestwood residents, she said, "Yes." But she quickly added others, not her, made the decisions about the well water.
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