Woman Charged With Falsifying NASA Discharge Figures

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By Linda Cicoira — An Assawoman resident was accused Monday, in U.S. District Court, in Norfolk, of knowingly making false statements or representations about the total concentration of organic nitrogen and ammonia that was being discharged from NASA Wallops Flight Facility and into local waters.
It was unclear from court documents if defendant Monica Kristine Borowicz, 50, actually worked for NASA or if she was employed by a subcontractor. The incident occurred between April 2014 and March 2018. NASA did not return queries at this posting.
One NASA listing showed her with a NASA email but under the company LJT & Associates, Inc., of Columbia, Md. Her job was water programs/analytical lab head. A message was sent to the email listed as monica.K.Borowicz@nasa.gov and was immediately returned “user unknown.”
The charge involves “monthly discharge monitoring reports submitted to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ),” that showed “false test results for Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen (TKN) levels.” The records are required in accordance with the Clean Water Act.
The charges were made through criminal information, not an indictment. If convicted, property derived from proceeds traceable to the violation could be seized through forfeiture.
The case was assigned to District Judge Raymond A. Jackson and referred to Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Miller.