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Ithaca Man Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX:  (716) 551-3051

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Chris Beach, 48, of, Ithaca, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marian W. Payson to a misdemeanor conspiracy charge.  The charge carries a maximum sentence one year in prison, a fine of $100,000, or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who is handling the matter, stated that Beach, a member of the Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 267, conspired to submit a false claim for reimbursement of $6,358 from the Local 267 health benefit program.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation by Special Agents the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations, under the Direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Cheryl Garcia.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 1, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. before Judge Payson.

Updated March 18, 2015