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NEW HAVEN, CT — The owner of a mold remediation company pleaded guilty to defrauding school systems in Easton, Bristol and Manchester after a long-delayed trial, according to The Connecticut Post.
Ronald Schongar, owner and operator of Microb Phase, the company contracted by several schools to perform remediation work, was first indicted in 2006 on three counts of mail fraud and two counts of wire fraud for his involvement in mold fraud, the story stated.
He claimed he applied a product called Microb Shield, which is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency and that he had permission from the agency to use it. However, Schongar had no authorization to use or advertise the product as it is owned by Midland, Michigan-based AEGIS Environmental, the story noted.
Some documents seized by police in 2003 supposedly verifying Schongar''s qualifications are believed to be counterfeit, the story added.
According to federal sentencing guidelines, Schongar should receive anywhere from four to 24 months in prison.
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