SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois EPA says a Springfield firm known as the Environmental Management Inc., may have falsely collected millions in taxpayer funds for reporting they had cleaned contaminated sites when the work had not been performed.
The Illinois EPA has been working with law enforcement to investigate the men since 2010, when a routine follow-up inspection of a cleanup site in McLean County found that the work, which had been paid for out of the fund, hadn’t been performed. The agency referred the investigation to the Illinois State Police, which then brought in federal authorities, including the U.S. EPA, the FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office.
The indictments allege that the men padded subcontractor invoices by increasing the amount of work done and price charged, created invoices for work that was not done, and rigged bids by setting the amounts of supposedly competitive bids obtained from affiliated — and even fictitious — companies, according to the Illinois EPA.
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