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WATERMASTER ADMITS FALSIFYING DATA

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A watermaster in Utah County pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to falsifying information on Immigration and Naturalization Service forms so an illegal alien could obtain temporary residency.

Bill C. Green, 55, told federal Judge David Sam he supplied an INS application form on June 28, 1988, for adjustment in the residency status of an alien by falsely stating the man had worked the necessary 120 days in agriculture.In exchange for Green's guilty plea, prosecutors said 14 other charges will be dismissed at his Dec. 5 sentencing. Sam said the charge carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Prosecutors said Green was a watermaster for Mapleton Irrigation and each spring hired migrant workers to clean irrigation ditches.