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Ex-official apologizes; says others responsible

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:55:36 CDT
By: 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 today 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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