Oct 20, 2010 10:12 AM by Nichole Larkey
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Lake Charles man accused of overbilling the state prison system for more than $170,000 in fertilizer has pleaded guilty to federal mail fraud charges.
69-year-old Wallace "Gene" Fletcher faces
up 20 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines and restitution.
Fletcher entered his guilty plea Tuesday in Lafayette.
Fletcher was indicted last year in an investigation into contracts his company had in 2004 and 2005 to provide fertilizer for prison farms operated by Prison Enterprises, an agency within the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.
Fletcher admitted that he billed the agency for more fertilizer that his company actually delivered.