Recycling Rip Off 29 Dec 11

WILLMAR — A 32-year-old Grove City man was sentenced Wednesday to 120 days in jail and ordered to pay back the $47,184 he swindled from the Kandiyohi County Recycling Center.

The West Central Tribune reports Gregory Donald Schake had been charged with four felony counts of theft by swindle for faking aluminum can transactions at the recycling center where he worked, and pocketing the money.

Schake pleaded guilty last month to one charge and the other three felonies were dismissed.

As part of the sentence handed down by Judge Michael Thompson, Schake will serve 120 days in the Kandiyohi County Jail in 30-day increments that could stretch out through June of 2013. In order for the jail time to be considered for deferment, Schake must be up to date with restitution payments.

The payments include $10,000 to West Central Industries, with the balance going to West Bend Mutual Insurance Company.

Schake was also ordered to perform 200 hours of community service, was placed on supervised probation for 10 years and he must write a letter of apology.

According to the complaint, Schake allegedly manipulated the scale used to weigh aluminum cans at the recycling center, located in Willmar, and then paid himself the proceeds of the falsified transactions.

The fraud took place between October 2009 and June 2011 and involved 391 false transactions and payments for 87,600 pounds of aluminum cans.