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Attorney General DeWine Announces Conviction of Former Water Works Chemist
Funsho Alatishe, 56, pleaded guilty yesterday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to four counts of Tampering with Records and one count of Attempted Theft in Office.
Alatishe, who previously worked as a chemist for the Water Quality and Treatment Division of Greater Cincinnati Water Works, was found to have falsified laboratory and drinking water records on multiple occasions at the Richard Miller Treatment Plant.
"It was this man's responsibility to make sure that the drinking water coming from that treatment plant had the proper amounts of chlorine needed to kill off any disease-causing bacteria," said Attorney General Mike DeWine. "Instead of taking this responsibility seriously, we found that he falsified records to make it appear as if he was doing the proper tests. Luckily, there were no reports of anyone getting sick."
A Water Works internal investigation uncovered the records tampering by comparing Alatishe's electronic activity building records to his testing result logs. They found that he claimed to have recorded water analysis results during times when he was not present at the treatment facility.
The incidents happened between January 2011 and November 2011.
The charge of Attempted Theft in Office stems from Alatishe's acceptance of compensation for work not performed.
The defendant will be sentenced on October 23, 2013. The maximum sentence Alatishe could receive is 13 years in prison.
The Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and United States EPA investigated the case.