Forty-one year old Scott Allen Beckmann and a co-defendant, 54-year old Richard Sparks, the former Stover Public Works Director, were both convicted after Sparks admitted to supplying a false chain of custody for water samples to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
The city was required to submit monthly samples for testing and Beckmann apparently knew that Sparks had falsified a sample location. Sparks was also apparently adding chlorine to the city samples in order for them to pass standards. When asked about the chlorine the former mayor lied to a federal law enforcement agent.
Beckmann faces up to eight years in prison without parole and a fine of up to $500,000.