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Illinois Business Owner Sentenced to 41 Months Imprisonment for Making False Claims

On March 30, 2009, Robert Sullinger, owner of Great Plains Group, LCD (GPG) was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Springfield, Illinois, to a term of 41 months imprisonment followed by three years supervised release and was also ordered to pay $524,500 in restitution to Sangamon County, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Federal Highway Administration. In November 2008, Mr. Sullinger pled guilty to submitting false claims by overstating the number of billboards produced and posted throughout the State of Illinois as part of a NHTSA–funded anti–drunk driving campaign.

This was a joint case with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Illinois Department of Transportation.