Tallmadge chemist sentenced to probation for falsifying test results

Beacon Journal
Akron Beacon Journal

A Tallmadge chemist was sentenced to probation this week for falsifying test results.

Andrew K. Ecklund, 58, a chemist previously employed at an environmental testing company in Northeast Ohio, pleaded guilty in November in U.S. District Court in Cleveland to nine counts of wire fraud.

Judge Pamela Barker sentenced Ecklund on Monday to two years of probation, as well as fining him $2,500.

Ecklund was a laboratory analyst who was responsible for testing environmental samples for the presence of hazardous substances.

On numerous occasions between Dec. 15, 2014, and Feb. 25, 2015, Ecklund took steps to make it appear that deficient samples met quality control standards when they did not, federal prosecutors said.

The investigation was conducted by the Ohio EPA, Ohio Attorney General's Office, Army Criminal Investigation Division, Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General and U.S. EPA Criminal Investigation Division, all of which are members of the Northeast Ohio Environmental Crimes Task Force.