- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A co-owner of a St. Joseph solar energy installation company pleaded guilty in a fraudulent rebate scheme that netted the company more than $1 million.

Federal prosecutors say 38-year-old Richard Schonemann pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy and making false statements. Under the plea agreement, the government will not recommend a sentence of more than 15 months and the forfeiture of $350,000.

Schonemann owned part of U.S. Solar in St. Joseph, which sold and installed solar-powered panel systems across northwest Missouri. Prosecutors say the company received $1.39 million in fraudulent rebates between 2011 and 2013. Prosecutors say he and a co-conspirator also falsified usage reports needed to certify that installed systems were still running.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports (https://bit.ly/1EDh8Dv ) the co-conspirator hasn’t been named.

No sentencing date was scheduled.


Information from: St. Joseph News-Press/St. Joe, Missouri, https://www.newspressnow.com

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