Yuma lab owner accused of falsifying water tests

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A Yuma woman who ran a laboratory that tested water samples for water companies, schools and farms in Yuma and La Paz counties has been accused of faking test results.

An indictment handed up by a federal grand jury in Phoenix that was made public on Thursday charges 56-year-old Nancy Miller with three counts of mail fraud because she allegedly sent the fake test results through the mail.

The indictment says Miller charged between $25 and $30 for each of 5,500 tests she was hired to perform in 2003 and 2004.

Miller owned Sunstate Environmental Laboratories in Yuma but agreed to close it after a state investigation. She still runs Sunstate Environmental Services, which manages water companies and wastewater facilities.

Miller says she never intentionally did anything wrong.

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