Springfield business owner sentenced to 5 years in prison for fraud conspiracy

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SPRINGFIELD - The owner of a Springfield business who pleaded guilty to multiple counts of conspiracy to commit mail fraud has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Authorities say Michael R. Keebler was sentenced on Monday, and was also ordered to pay more than $13 million in restitution to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.  The restitution will also be paid jointly by Keebler's co-defendants, Eric Andrews and Joel Andrews.  Officials say Eric and Joel Andrews also pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

Prosecutors say the three took money, between the years of 2001 and 2013, from an Illinois EPA fund designed to clean sites contaminated by leaking underground storage tanks.  Keebler must report to the federal Bureau of Prisons by September 24, 2015.

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