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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KSDK) - Five people associated with Environmental Management Inc. in Springfield, Ill. have been indicted by the United States Department of Justice for an alleged fraud scheme, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday.
Eric M. Andrews, Joel C. Andrews, Michael R. Keebler, Duane T. Keebler, and Joseph R. Keebler were indicted Wednesday. They are also accused of padding subcontractor invoices by increasing the amount of work done and price charged.
The IEPA says the scheme involved environmental clean-up at underground storage tanks that were leaking across the state. The suspects are accused of committing mail and wire fraud to obtain millions of dollars from the Illinois Underground Storage Tank Fund. That money was provided by taxpayers.
Lisa Bonett, director of the IEPA says the agency will also pursue legal action to prevent further distribution of money to Environmental management Inc. A review of projects done by the company will be launched to ensure taxpayer money was spent effectively.