AG: Cottonwood employee changed drinking-water test results to hide contamination

A former Cottonwood city employee has been indicted on fraud and forgery charges after allegedly changing drinking-water test results to hide contamination, according to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. 

Hans Burnett — who resigned from his position as wastewater-operations foreman Wednesday — is accused of instructing employees to alter test results that showed positive signs of bacterial contamination in 2015 and 2016. 

The altered results were then submitted to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality as part of the city's drinking-water compliance obligations, the Attorney General's Office said.