Savannah Man Sentenced On False Statement Charge
Jackson, Tenn. – Douglas Earl McCasland, 48, of Savannah, Tennessee, was sentenced Monday to serve six months in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of making false statements in violation of 18 U.S.C. §1001, announced Edward L. Stanton III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.
According to the facts presented in the indictment and revealed during sentencing, McCasland, who was certified by the State of Tennessee as a Methamphetamine Remediation Contractor, charged his victims a fee for cleaning up homes that had been contaminated by methamphetamine manufacturing. McCasland knew that after remediation, properties must be certified by an Industrial Hygienist prior to rehabitation. McCasland was not an Industrial Hygienist, but he issued false Certificates of Fitness on the properties.
In addition to the prison sentence, Chief United States District Judge J. Daniel Breen ordered McCasland to serve three years of supervised release and pay restitution in the amount of $102,225 to the victims. The restitution is to be paid at 15% of McCasland's income, or $100 per month. There is no parole in the federal prison system.
This investigation was conducted by the Tennessee Department of Environmental Quality; U.S. Postal Inspection Service; and the Environmental Protection Agency--Office of Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney Victor L. Ivy represented the government.