Springfield engineer faces prison after fraud plea

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A July sentencing date has been set for a Springfield engineer who pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to defraud the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

 

The U.S. Attorney's office announced Monday that Jeremy VanScyoc (van-SAHK') will be sentenced July 21 on one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

 

Authorities say VanScyoc admitted that after he joined Environmental Management Inc. in October 2001, he agreed to engage in a scheme to submit false claims to IEPA for reimbursement from the Leaking Underground Storage Tank fund. The claims for work not done or for inflated costs were submitted until November 2012.

 

The 37-year-old VanScyoc faces a fine and five years in prison.

 

Three current or former EMI officers have been indicted by a federal grand jury in a related case.

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