Pharma polluter gets probation, not prison as feds sought

Federal authorities hoped to make an example of the owner of a small Connecticut pharma manufacturing operation that they said ignored warnings and had polluted waste water dumped into the sewers. They asked that a federal judge give 38-year-old Thomas Faria, owner of New London-based Sheffield Pharmaceuticals, three years in prison, the Hartford Courant reports. Instead, the judge sentenced Faria, who has pleaded guilty to violating the federal Clean Water Act, to three years of probation, 300 hours of community service and a $30,000 fine. Employees stood up for Faria, who the newspaper says has since moved to the West Coast, where he is studying psychology. Story