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Sentences ordered for clean-water violations

A Charlotte company, its former president and a former employee have been sentenced in federal court for Clean Water Act violations.

Ecosolve LLC is paid by restaurants and food outlets to clean out grease traps, pretreat the waste and dispose of it. Instead, prosecutors say, the company trained drivers to dump the grease back into the traps or into the sewer system.

Ecosolve was ordered Monday to pay $160,000 in fines and serve three years' probation, to include allowing government inspection of its records and equipment without notice, operating under a supervised compliance plan and self-reporting further violations.

The company's former president, Ralph Rogers, will serve three years' probation, including 12 months of home confinement, and pay $7,200 in fines. Thomas Forebush, a former employee, was ordered to serve 12 months and one day in jail.

Four other company officials – Leanne Ingram, Tara Presson, James Branham and Whit Gibson – were earlier ordered to serve probationary terms and pay fines.

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