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N.J. says officials rigged water samples

NEWARK — Two top officials at a northern New Jersey municipal water authority falsified records and shut down contaminated wells in advance of safety tests to hide elevated levels of a contaminant, the state attorney general’s office charged in an indictment released Wednesday.

The indictment was handed up Tuesday against 58-year-old Harry Mansmann of Lawrenceville, the executive director of the East Orange Water Commission, and assistant executive director and engineer William Mowell, 51, of Wyckoff.

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They are charged with conspiracy, records tampering, unlawfully releasing toxic pollutants, and multiple counts of official misconduct and violating state environmental laws.

The water authority serves about 90,000 customers.

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