Sewage Plant Operator Admits To Faking Records

A man who once oversaw a sewage treatment plant in Eastern Carolina has admitted to falsifying records.

John Belangia was a contract employee for Trenton, in charge of it's wastewater plant. He pleaded guilty today to seven counts of falsifying records in Jones County District Court.

The SBI investigation showed Belangia intentionally falsified the records from January and October of last year. He told investigators that the records were faked because the town could not afford to pay for chemicals needed to operate the facility.

Belangia was given a suspended sentence and put on supervised probation for 18 months. He was also fined $500 and ordered to pay court costs.

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  • by local Location: jcounty on Sep 8, 2011 at 01:09 PM
    This is terrible. If they can't afford the chemicals, they need to rethink their budget and take a hard look at some of the salaries. Some are way over paid. Not to mention, they just raised our fees for water. PUT THE CHEMICALS IN THE WATER!
  • by local Location: Greenville on Aug 19, 2011 at 01:59 PM
    That is disgusting. I wonder how many North Carolina cities have done this? What a filthy place.
  • by ed Location: kinston on Aug 19, 2011 at 01:54 PM
    look like someone will have to find the money for chemicals now.

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