Monroe water company CEO sentenced on pollution charges
MONROE, LA (NBC - KTVE) — The owner of a controversial water company has been sentenced to 21 months in prison on pollution charges.
Jeff Pruett, the president and CEO of Louisiana Land and Water Company and the Principal Officer of LWC Management Compnay, was convicted of violating the clean water act in Federal Court in West Monroe.
Pruett was under fire for violating the Clean Water Act and was found guilty of eight federal pollution charges.
The government asked the judge to send Pruet to Federal Prison for 30 to 33 months, for operating a water company "on the cheap" and knowingly breaking the law.
Prosecutors replayed tales of waste backing up into bathtubs, and chemical sludge in ditches.
Pruett was ordered to spend 21 months in prison, and to pay up an $850 thousand fine. Pruett tried to sell LWC for $6 million. And a judge ordered that part of the sale should go toward pruett’s fine.
NBC's KTVE in Monroe has extended coverage on this story. Click here to see more on Pruett's reaction to the verdict.