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Caldwell Convicted

Posted on 17th December 2013 at 16:49

The owner of All-Out Sewer and Drain Service is now facing prison time and substantial fines, after being convicted on all counts in a Federal trial for repeated violations of the Clean Water Act. Today’s Daily News has full details of yesterday’s verdict from U. S. District Court Judge Benjamin Settle, who found Caldwell guilty on 33 counts. That includes 25 felony counts for violation of the Clean Water Act, six counts of mail fraud, and two counts of making false statements. In addition, Caldwell’s company, All-Out Sewer and Drain Service was found guilty on 32 similar counts. Caldwell’s business was raided by Federal agents in August of last year, with authorities claiming that he and his employees had repeatedly dumped high-strength sewage directly into Longview’s sewer system. Federal law dictates that this highly-concentrated material be disposed of at licensed disposal facilities. Caldwell claims that he was only dumping “gray water,” but Judge Settle discounted that defense. Caldwell faces a prison term of up to three years for each count, along with fines of $5,000 to $50,000 per day on each violation. Sentencing is currently set for March 10th; Caldwell will remain free on bond until that time.