By Linda Cicoira — A plea agreement between an Accomack woman and a federal prosecutor will be heard next week in U.S. District Court in Norfolk.
Monica Kristine Borowicz, 50, of Mount Wharton Estates in Assawoman, is scheduled to go before Judge Raymond A. Jackson with her plea regarding the charge that she made false statements or representations about discharges into local waters made from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility between April 2014 and March 2018. The hearing is set for May 8.
NASA stated it “can confirm that Ms. Borowicz is a former contractor employee at Wallops… The daily operations of the NASA Wallops Flight Facility’s wastewater treatment plant is supported by the facility’s contractor LJT & Associates.”
In January 2014, LJT, of Columbia, Md., was awarded a contract to perform institutional services at WFF at a maximum of $257 million. “Services LJT & Associates will provide under the contract include facilities planning, engineering, and construction management; facilities operations and maintenance; construction and mission support; grounds maintenance; logistics; occupational medicine; environmental management support; records management; duplication; mail handling; custodial work; and solid waste disposal” among other things, an earlier press release stated. A $200 million contract was awarded to the company for Feb. 1, 2019, through Jan. 31, 2024.
Joseph L. Kosky, the assistant U.S. attorney handling the case, referred questions to Joshua Stueve, director of communications. Stueve has not returned messages.
An old NASA listing on the agency’s website showed Borowicz was the water programs/analytical lab head.
The Post was unable to contact Borowicz. Her attorney did not return a reporter’s query.
The charge against Borowicz involves “monthly discharge monitoring reports submitted to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality” that showed “false test results for Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen levels,” court records stated. The reports are required in accordance with the Clean Water Act.