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Arkansas Man Charged with Conspiracy in Cleanup Fraud Case
Release Date: 11/25/2003
Luke C. Hester 202-564-7818 / email@example.com
(11/25/2003) Dwayne M. Breaux of Searcy, Ark., was charged on Nov. 12 for allegedly conspiring with others to commit mail fraud with respect to an environmental cleanup that was never performed. Breaux was formerly a manager for Entergy-Arkansas, a subsidiary of Entergy Corp., which provides power in parts of Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas. The charges allege that the defendant conspired in 2000 with George L. Martin and his environmental services company, Latico International Inc., located in Walker, La., to falsely bill Entergy-Arkansas for environmental cleanup that did not take place. Entergy sent Latico a check for $114,410 to pay the false bill. If convicted, Breaux faces a maximum possible sentence of up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000. This case is being jointly investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division (New Orleans) and the FBI with assistance from EPA’s National Enforcement Investigations Center. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baton Rouge. The filing of federal charges is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty in a court of law.