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FISCAL YEAR: 2012
1. PRINCIPAL DEFENDANT: Scott Allen Beckmann
W.D.  Missouri  10-04021-02-CR-C-NKL


Beckmann, who was the mayor of Stover, Missouri, knew about criminal activity but concealed it from an agent of the Environmental Protection Agency – Criminal Investigation Division.

He also lied to a federal law enforcement agent on December 19, 2007. Beckmann was asked whether he knew that they were adding chlorine to the city drinking water samples that were submitted to the Department of Natural Resources. Beckmann falsely denied any knowledge of the activity, although he earlier had admitted at a board of alderman meeting that he knew someone was putting chlorine in the city’s drinking water samples because the city water couldn’t pass inspection.

This case is cross-referenced to Richard Sparks 2011.



April 15, 2010
Beckmann was charged with 2 counts - 1 count of making false statements, a violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001(a)(1) and 1 count of misprision of a felony , a violation of 18 U.S.C. 4.
CITATION: 18 U.S.C. 1001(a)(1), 18 U.S.C. 4
March 2, 2011
Beckmann was convicted by a Jury on all counts.


Press Release

UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 2, 2011

JURY CONVICTS STOVER MAYOR OF LYING TO FEDERAL AGENT ABOUT ADULTERATED DRINKING WATER SAMPLES

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. B Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that the mayor of Stover, Mo., was convicted by a federal jury today of charges related to violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Scott Allen Beckmann, 41, of Stover, was found guilty of misprision of a felony and of making a false statement to a federal agent.

On Aug. 13, 2010, co-defendant Richard R. Sparks, 54, of Stover, pleaded guilty to making a false statement. Sparks, the superintendent of the city=s public works department, admitted that he submitted a public water supply chain of custody record to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources that contained a false sampling location.

Sparks bore primary responsibility for the collection and submission for analysis of water samples taken on behalf of the city. Federal law requires the city to submit monthly water samples to be analyzed for bacteriological contaminants such as fecal coliform, and to conduct lead and copper sampling once every three years.

Beckmann knew about Sparks criminal activity but concealed it from an agent of the Environmental Protection Agency Criminal Investigation Division.

Beckmann also lied to a federal law enforcement agent on Dec. 19, 2007. Beckmann was asked whether he knew that Sparks was adding chlorine to the city drinking water samples that were submitted to the Department of Natural Resources. Beckmann falsely denied any knowledge of the activity, although he earlier had admitted at a board of alderman meeting that he knew Sparks was putting chlorine in the city’s drinking water samples because the city water couldn’t pass inspection.

Following the presentation of evidence, the jury in the U.S. District Court in Jefferson City deliberated for about two hours before returning the guilty verdict to U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey, ending a trial that began Tuesday, March 1, 2011.

Under federal statutes, Beckmann is subject to a sentence of up to eight years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $500,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jane Pansing Brown and Daniel M. Nelson. It was investigated by the Environmental Protection Agency Criminal Investigation Division and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.


December 2, 2011
Beckmann was sentenced to 5 months incarceration, 60 months probation and ordered to pay a $10,000 federal fine.


Press Release

UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 2, 2011

Former Stover mayor pays $10,000 fine for lying to federal agent about adulterated drinking water samples

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that the former mayor of Stover, Mo., has been sentenced in federal court on charges related to violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Scott Allen Beckmann, 42, of Stover, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, to 10 years of probation, including five months of home confinement and 30 days in a half-way house. The court also ordered Beckmann to pay a $10,000 fine.

As a condition of his probation, Beckmann is not allowed to work for the state of Missouri or any political subdivision of the state, including the city of Stover. Beckmann resigned as mayor of Stover on the morning of his sentencing hearing. Under Missouri law, it is illegal for a convicted felon to hold elected office.

On March 2, 2011, Beckmann was convicted at trial of misprision of a felony and of making a false statement to a federal agent.

Co-defendant Richard R. Sparks, 55, of Stover, was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine after he pleaded guilty to making a false statement. Sparks, the superintendent of the city’s public works department, admitted that he submitted a public water supply chain of custody record to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources that contained a false sampling location.

Sparks bore primary responsibility for the collection and submission for analysis of water samples taken on behalf of the city. Federal law requires the city to submit monthly water samples to be analyzed for bacteriological contaminants such as fecal coliform, and to conduct lead and copper sampling once every three years.

Beckmann, who was the mayor of Stover, knew about Sparks’ criminal activity but concealed it from an agent of the Environmental Protection Agency – Criminal Investigation Division.

Beckmann also lied to a federal law enforcement agent on Dec. 19, 2007. Beckmann was asked whether he knew that Sparks was adding chlorine to the city drinking water samples that were submitted to the Department of Natural Resources. Beckmann falsely denied any knowledge of the activity, although he earlier had admitted at a board of alderman meeting that he knew Sparks was putting chlorine in the city’s drinking water samples because the city water couldn’t pass inspection.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jane Pansing Brown and Daniel M. Nelson. It was investigated by the Environmental Protection Agency – Criminal Investigation Division and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.


STATUTE:
  • Title 18 U.S. Criminal Code (TITLE 18)

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