Man accused of tampering with sewer district records

The Cincinnati Enquirer

A former employee of JMA Consultants was indicted Monday and accused of tampering with records submitted to the Metropolitan Sewer District.

Sean McCormick, son of JMA's majority owner, Bill McCormick, was charged with falsifying invoices submitted for payment under a contract to do testing for storm water removal.

The charge is a fifth-degree felony. If convicted, Sean McCormick could face a sentence of six to 12 months and a $2,500 fine. His attorney, Tom Heekin Jr., had no comment in his client's defense.

Hamilton County Prosecu tor Joe Deters' office also recommended the city sue JMA for reimbursement. He said an “extensive review” of JMA's records show the records are “extremely unreliable.”

The sewer district, known as MSD, is a county agency that is run under contract by Cincinnati.

MSD records showed that JMA, a Mount Auburn-based engineering company, wasn't able to produce complete paperwork for $113,000 in billings.

MSD records show MSD employees first notified former MSD Director Thomas Quinn of concerns about JMA's billings in April 1996. Mr. Quinn forwarded documents to the county prosecutor in March. He resigned in April.

The indictment accuses Sean McCormick of tampering with records on or about Jan. 28, 1997. The charge stems from a grand jury investigation concerning MSD that started weeks before Mr. Quinn resigned.

The prosecutor's office said the grand jury's investigation into the contract between the sewer agency and JMA is closed.

“However, the investigation continues into other areas concerning MSD,” according to a statement issued by Mr. Deters' office.

JMA attorney Bill Seitz pointed out that “no one from JMA is indicted. JMA is not indicted. No JMA principal is indicted.”

“After one year of investigation, we see one charge relating to one day by one former employee,” he said.

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