LONGMONT - A Longmont man and his self-storage company East Point LLC must pay $20,000 in fines for dumping sewage into Union Reservoir, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver said Monday.

John Albert Paquette, 53, knowingly dumped 1,000 gallons of raw sewage from a hose into the Oligarchy Ditch on June 20, according to court documents cited in a press statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver. The sewage flowed into Union Reservoir, according to court documents. The sewage came from Paquette's nearby self-storage company East Point LLC, according to documents.

Paquette pleaded guilty on April 4. He was sentenced on Monday to pay a $10,000 fine, according to the press statement. The company also was sentenced to pay a $10,000 fine, according to the press statement. The case was investigated by the Environmental Protection Agency Criminal Investigation division.

"This case shows that those who try to save a buck by cutting corners will be vigorously prosecuted," said Jeffrey Martinez, special agent in charge of the EPA's criminal enforcement program in Colorado.

Paquette was prosecuted by assistant U.S. attorney Suneeta Hazra.