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Contractor gets prison for bribing AF official

Jan. 25, 2013 - 09:26AM   |   Last Updated: Jan. 25, 2013 - 09:26AM  |  
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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — A contractor has been ordered to spend a year and a half in federal prison for evading taxes and making illegal payments to get asbestos-removal contracts at a southwestern Illinois air base.

The http://www.bnd.com/2013/01/24/2470334/metro-east-man-sentenced-for-tax.html">Belleville News-Democrat reports that 53-year-old Stephen Sweet of South Roxana also must pay a $52,400 fine and roughly $227,000 in restitution.

Federal prosecutors say Sweet made payments in 2009 — including car and home repairs, according to the News-Democrat — on an Air Force contracting official's behalf to get asbestos-removal business at Scott Air Force Base. Sweet paid $6,000 to fix the official's car and home heating and cooling.

Prosecutors say the owner of Lake Environmental Inc. and Abatement Management Inc. also admitted filing a false federal tax return after diverting business funds to his personal use without declaring those funds as personal income.

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