File this under: nice try
Two Massachusetts taxpayers are facing decades in prison and massive fines for submitting fraudulent energy grant applications to the Treasury Department.1 The applications claimed that the taxpayers had built and placed in service three bio-fuel gasification systems at a cost of $88 million, plus an $84 million wind farm project consisting of 58 wind turbines including two on a floating barge.
Based on the applications, the taxpayers requested reimbursements of $50 million of these costs and also received an $8 million grant. The taxpayers filed the grant applications with the help of an attorney who was a family member.2
The energy grants were part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which provided tax-free grants to individuals and businesses who installed and put into service alternative energy systems such as wind or gasification systems that would convert trash into electricity.
Upon hearing of the scam, the director of planning and development in the 10-square-mile village where the wind farm purportedly existed noted that she wasn't sure where 58 wind turbines would fit.