Recycling Fraud Sentencing 30 Dec 11

A Grove City man was sentenced to 120 days in jail on Wednesday and ordered to pay back the more than $47,000 he was accused of swindling from the Kandiyohi County Recycling Center. 32-year-old Gregory Donald Schake pleaded guilty to felony theft by swindle for faking aluminum can transactions at the recycling center where he worked by manipulating a scale and then pocketing the money. He will serve the jail time in 30-day increments, and will also be required to complete 200 hours of community service and write a letter of apology. He will also serve 10 years on supervised probation. The fraud took place over the course of 20 months and involved 391 false transactions and payments for 87,600 pounds of aluminum cans.