Former Environmental Management of Illinois owners sentenced to prison

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SPRINGFIELD - The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that two former principal owners of Environmental Management of Illinois, Inc. have been sentenced to prison for their part in a scheme that defrauded the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency of millions of dollars.

Officials say Joel Andrews, 47, was sentenced to three years in prison, while his brother, Eric Andrews, 52, received a prison sentence of two-and-a-half years.  After being released from prison, both men will have a three-year term of supervised release, the first year of which will be served under home confinement.  

Another man, Michael Keebler, was sentenced to five years in prison in August 2015.  Keebler bought the business from the brothers in 2006.

Prosecutors say Joel and Eric Andrews allegedly swindled money from an IEPA-administered fund to clean up sites contaminated by leaking underground storage tanks between 2001 and 2013.  According to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice, each man admitted to conspiring to defraud the fund by artificially inflating expenses.

Joel and Eric Andrews pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and Keebler pled guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit mail fraud.  In addition to the prison sentence and supervision, all three men have been ordered to pay restitution to the IEPA totaling $13.36 million.

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